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Pope Leo X in Santa Maria sopra Minerva - Rome, Italy
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member RakeInTheCache
N 41° 53.886 E 012° 28.662
33T E 290768 N 4641539
Quick Description: Pope Leo X (11 December 1475 – 1 December 1521), born Giovanni di Lorenzo de' Medici, was Pope from 9 March 1513 to his death in 1521. The second son of Lorenzo the Magnificent, ruler of the Florentine Republic.
Location: Lazio, Italy
Date Posted: 10/7/2015 1:59:10 PM
Waymark Code: WMPQF4
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member NW_history_buff
Views: 3

Long Description:
He is probably best remembered for granting indulgences for those who donated to reconstruct St. Peter's Basilica, which practice was challenged by Martin Luther's 95 Theses. He seems not to have taken seriously the array of demands for church reform that would quickly grow into the Protestant Reformation. His Papal Bull of 1520, Exsurge Domine, simply condemned Luther on a number of areas and made ongoing engagement difficult.

Under his reign, progress was made on the rebuilding of Saint Peter's Basilica and artists such as Raphael decorated the Vatican rooms. Leo also reorganised the Roman University, and promoted the study of literature, poetry and antiquities. He died in 1521 and is buried in Santa Maria sopra Minerva, Rome. He is the last pope not to have been in priestly orders at the time of his election to the papacy.

Having fallen ill with bronchopneumonia, Pope Leo X died on 1 December 1521, so suddenly that the last sacraments could not be administered; but the contemporary suspicions of poison were unfounded.

-- All Text taken from Wikipedia.
Description:
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Date of birth: 12/11/1475

Date of death: 12/1/1521

Area of notoriety: Religion

Marker Type: Statue

Setting: Indoor

Visiting Hours/Restrictions: 7:30 am – 7:00 pm

Fee required?: No

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