Pope Urban VIII facts
|Papacy began||6 August 1623|
|Papacy ended||29 July 1644|
|Predecessor||Pope Gregory XV|
|Successor||Pope Innocent X|
|Birth name||Maffeo Barberini|
|Born||5 April 1568
|Died||29 July 1644
|Other Popes named Urban|
In 1606, Paul V raising Barberini to be Cardinal of S. Pietro in Montorio.
Cardina Barberini was elected pope on August 6, 1623; and took the name Urban VIII.
Pope Urban was involved in Italian and European political disputes.
During his reign, the papal palace at Castel Gandolfo was built.
Pope Urban caused the baldachin to be built over the central alter in St. Peter's Basilica.
C. 1598 painting of Maffeo Barberini at age 30 by Caravaggio
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