McDonald’s has more than 36,000 restaurants around the world, but this has to be the most controversial location yet. After a long, bitter and very public battle between the chain and locals, a new Maccas has opened in Vatican City – just around the corner from Saint Peter’s Square.
“It’s a controversial, perverse decision to say the least,” Cardinal Elio Sgreccia told La Repubblica in October, claiming opening the restaurant would be “by no means respectful of the architectural traditions of one of the most characteristic squares which look onto the colonnade of Saint Peter’s.”
The new restaurant officially opened its doors on Friday and sits in a building owned by the Vatican, less than 100m from the Pope’s residence.
Now that the location, dubbed “McVatican” by locals, has opened, the Cardinal has not changed his views, calling it “aberrant” and “a perversion”. “I repeat, selling mega-sandwiches in Borgo Pio is a disgrace,” he told La Repubblica. “The area's needy ... and suffering, as the Holy Father teaches.”
What do you think about the new location? Would you ever eat McDonald’s so close to a sacred spot?