List of papal tiaras in existence

List Of Papal Tiaras In Existence

List of papal tiaras in existence

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The Papal Tiara is the crown of the papacy. For over one millennium all popes were crowned with a tiara in a Papal Coronation. The tiara is one of the key symbols of the papacy, and features on the Vatican coat of arms. Pope Benedict XVI has replaced the tiara on his official coat of arms with a traditional bishop's mitre and the pallium, symbols of the Pontiff's authority as Bishop of Rome.

Though people talk of the tiara, there are in fact over twenty surviving tiaras in existence. The earliest dates from the sixteenth century, the latest from 2011. Eleven of them are held in the Vatican and two are permanently on display in the United States at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. and at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Indiana at the University of Notre Dame.

The most recent papal tiara was donated to Pope John Paul II by Hungary in 1981.

List of some of the papal tiaras still in existence

  1. Tiara of Pope Gregory XIII (1572-1585). The oldest surviving papal tiara in existence.
  2. Papier-mâché Tiara of Pope Pius VII. Made for his exiled coronation in Venice in 1800.
  3. Tiara of Pope Pius VII (1804). The "Napoleon Tiara" from Napoleon I, marking his wedding to Josephine; by Henry August and Marie-Etienne Nitot, House of Chaumet, Paris. Some of the jewels and decoration for this tiara came from earlier tiaras smashed and stolen by the troops of the French Directory in 1798. The tiara was made deliberately too small, and at 18 pound......
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