Sunday, December 13, 2009

Another Knights of Columbus supported project

That is the bronze monument tomb of Pope Sixtus IV who reigned from 1471 to 1484. He rose to the Throne of Peter at the time, when Rome was  ramshackle town due to abandonment to Avignon in the 14th century.  He repaired the city and famously constructed the Sistine Chapel, hence the name of the chapel.

His tomb was commissioned by Pope Julius II, who was his nephew.  The tomb took two years to restore.  This project was funded by the Knights of Columbus along with the restoration of the facade of St. Peter's.

I am proud to be a Knight!

To read more of the story of Sixtus' tomb, click here.

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