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Urban VIII
Papacy began 6 August 1623
Papacy ended 29 July 1644
Predecessor Pope Gregory XV
Successor Pope Innocent X
Personal details
Birth name Maffeo Barberini
Born 5 April 1568
Died 29 July 1644

Other Popes named Urban

Pope Urban VIII (Latin: Urbanus Quartus; 5 April 1568 – 29 July 1644), born Maffeo Barberini, was an Italian cleric of the Roman Catholic Church and the 236th Pope from 1623 to 1644.[1]

Early life

Maffeo Barberini was born in 1568 into the Barberini family of Florence in Italy. His studies led to a doctorate of law from the University of Pisa in 1589.[2]


In 1604, Pope Clement VIII appointed Barberini Archbishop of Nazareth. He was transferred by Pope Paul V who made him the Bishop of Spoleto in 1608.[2]


In 1606, Paul V raising Barberini to be Cardinal of S. Pietro in Montorio.[2]


Cardina Barberini was elected pope on August 6, 1623; and took the name Urban VIII.[2]

Pope Urban was involved in Italian and European political disputes.[2]

During his reign, the papal palace at Castel Gandolfo was built.[3]

Pope Urban caused the baldachin to be built over the central alter in St. Peter's Basilica.[2]

Related pages


The Coat of Arms of Urban VIII
  1. "List of Popes," Catholic Encyclopedia (2009); retrieved 2011-11-15.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 "Pope Urban VIII," Catholic Encyclopedia; retrieved 2011-11-15.
  3. Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. (1843). "Urban IV," Penny cyclopaedia, Vol. 26, p. 46.

Other websites

Media related to Urbanus VIII at Wikimedia Commons

Preceded by
Gregory XV
Succeeded by
Innocent X