The massive lobby forms an impressive entryway.
Here, the two-story atrium becomes the setting for one of the museum’s most impressive features, the 1613 cross from the statue of Christ the Redeemer from atop St. Peter’s Basilica.
A 400-year-old cross from St. Peter’s Basilica dominates the space. It was a gift to the Knights from Pope John Paul II in appreciation for the Order’s restoration of the basilica’s façade.
Because of its fragile condition, the cross was not reinstalled as part of the Christ the Redeemer statue on top of St. Peter’s.