The €32 million ($36 million) apartment of disgraced Limburger Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst opened its doors to public visitors in Limburg on Tuesday.
Tebartz-van Elst resigned in 2014 after coming under heavy criticism from Pope Francis and the Catholic community. At that time, he was under investigation over mishandling finances.
His apartment has since come under the control of the... Еще Cathedral Treasury and Diocesan Museum in Limburg.
«In the years 2013 and 2014, the former Limburger Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst built a residence with an amount of 32 million euro costs for constructing it. And all the people said «No, you cannot spend so much money for a private apartment,» explained Prof. Matthias Theodor Kloft, Director of the Cathedral Treasury and Diocesan Museum.
«And the Diocese, after Franz Tebartz went to Rome, looked what we can do with these expensive rooms. And now they are a part of the museum. Everybody can see it. And we did an exhibition in these rooms to show the history of the Diocese. And now everybody, I think most people, I've heard, are very glad that they could visit these famous rooms and see a good exhibition history,» he added.