The Vatican Pavilion and its exhibit proved
to be the second most popular attraction of the entire Fair.
More than one out of two (52%) of all those who came to the Fair
visited the Pavilion of the Vatican No other religious-sponsored
pavilion or exhibit at the Fair attracted even one-fifth that
Attendance at the Vatican Pavilion was recorded
officially as follows:
- For the 1964 Fair season 13,823,037 guests
- For the 1965 Fair season 13,197,820 guests
TOTAL NUMBER OF VATICAN PAVILION GUEST DURING
THE 1964-65 NEW YORK WORLD'S FAIR:
His Holiness Pope Paul VI, 15 Cardinals, 1
Patriarch, 3 Apostolic Delegates, 5 Papal Nuncios, and 127 Archbishops
and Bishops were among the ecclesiastical visitors to the Pavilion.
Civilian guests included the Vice President of the United States,
the Chief Justice and 4 other Justices of the United States Supreme
Court, 4 members of the Presiden'ts Cabinet and the Governors
of 17 states. Foreign guests included the Presidents of 14 countries,
4 Prime Ministers, 15 Foreign Ministers, and 123 other members
of the Diplomatic Corps.
The attendance peak for any one day at any
pavilion or exhibit at the Fair was set by the Vatican Pavilion
on October 17, 1965 - the final day of the Fair - when 183,716
visitors (an average of 225 guest a minute for the 12-hour exhibit
day) crowded its confines.
During the last week of the Fair alone, 1,119,869
guest streamed through the doors of the Pavilion of the Vatican
apparently determined not to have to chide themselves later for
having failed to take advantage of the opportunity to view the