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In the Monument of Pope Pius VIII by Tenerani, the Pope is represented among the statues of the Saviour, St. Peter, and St. Paul, thus forming the most religious monument in the church.
The door right underneath the door is the entrance to the:
The church’s Sacristy was built during the reign of Pope Pius VI after the design of Marchionni.
Most worthy of notice in it is the famous Ciborio by Donatello in the chapel of the Benefiziati and the:
Treasury of the church where the gorgeous vestments are preserved: copes and chasuble of the finest and most delicate workmanship; the famous “Candelabra” by A. Gentile, the “Dalmatica” said to be the very one used for the coronation of Emperor Charlemagne in 800, in point of fact it is a work of the XIII century; a beautiful cross after the design of Michelangelo, etc. Re-entering the church, we have “vis a vis” the: Monument of Pope Pius VII, a good work of Thorwaldsen, a Danish artist.
Pius VII was the pope who crowned Napoleon the First but afterward, having excommunicated the Emperor, was banished by him and confined in Grenoble, Savona, and Fontainbleau for about seven years, after which he came back triumphantly to Rome and lived to see the downfall of the Emperor. He died peacefully in Rome, in the Quirinal Palace, in 1823 after re-established the Jesuits’ order, which Clement XIV had suppressed.
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