Overall: 6 x 6 in. (15.2 x 15.2 cm)
Square white ceramic tile with blue printed decoration of Vatican Pavilion at center; images of sculpture of "The Good Shepherd" and "Michelangelos Pieta" at top left and right corners; printed below: "Souvenir of the / VATICAN PAVILION / NEW YORK WORLD'S FAIR / 1964. 1965
New York City's third world's fair was held in Flushing Meadows Park in 1964-65. Unlike its predecessor in 1939-40, the '64-65 fair was held without the sponsorship of the Bureau of International Expositions. The symbol of the fair was the twelve-story high Unisphere, erected by U.S. Steel, an illustration of the fair's theme of "Peace Through Understanding" and its dedication to "Man's Achievement on a Shrinking Globe in an Expanding Universe." The BIE sanction of the fair, due to a dispute over the length of the event and rental charges for exhibitors, kept most major European countries from participating. However, one of the fair's most popular exhibits was the Vatican pavilion, featuring Michelangelo's famous Pietà. Its display at the fair marked the first time that the Pietà was displayed outside St. Peter's Church in Rome. A small plaza marking the spot-and Pope Paul VI's visit there-remains there today.
Gift of Roy Eddey
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