Pope Urban VIII

pope of the Catholic Church from 1623 to 1644

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]

Urban VIII
Gian Lorenzo Bernini - Portrait d'Urbain VIII.jpg
Papacy began6 August 1623
Papacy ended29 July 1644
PredecessorPope Gregory XV
SuccessorPope Innocent X
Personal details
Birth nameMaffeo Barberini
Born5 April 1568
Died29 July 1644
Other popes named Urban

Early lifeEdit

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]


Cardinal 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 pagesEdit


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 websitesEdit

  Media related to Urbanus VIII at Wikimedia Commons

  •   "Pope Urban VIII" . Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 1913.
  • Catholic Hierarchy, Pope Urban VIII
  • GCatholic, Pope Urban VIII
  • Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church, Cardinal Barberini

Preceded by
Gregory XV
Succeeded by
Innocent X