Monday, August 06, 2007

Papal Tombs and Monuments (1447-1559) Part IX

Pope Julius II
Giuliano Cardinal della Rovere, Cardinal Bishop of Ostia e Velletri retaining the title of San Pietro in Vincoli in commendam, Dean of the Sacred College of Cardinals, Archbishop of Avignon, Administrator of Vercelli, Major Penitentiary, Archpriest of the Patriarchal Lateran Basilica, Legate in Avignon. Elected Bishop of Rome on 1 November 1503 in the Vatican Apostolic Palace, taking the name Julius II, and was crowned on 26 November.

Pope Julius II died on 21 February 1513 in Rome, in the 10th year of his pontificate. He was buried in the Patriarchal Vatican Basilica, next to his uncle Pope Sixtus IV. During the pontificate of Pope Urban VIII their remains were transferred to the chapel of the Most Blessed Sacrament. In 1922 their remains were interred in the pavement in front of the monument to Pope Clement X. The magnificent tomb that Pope Julius II had ordered Michelangelo to build could not be finished for lack of resources; parts of it were attached to a wall of the sacristy of S. Pietro in Vincoli, including the famous statue of Moses.

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