List of papal tiaras in existence
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. For over one
all popes were crowned with a tiara in a
. The tiara is one of the key symbols of the papacy, and features on the
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
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
and two are permanently on display in the
National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
and at the
Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Indiana
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
Tiara of Pope Gregory XIII
(1572-1585). The oldest surviving papal tiara in existence.
Pope Pius VII
. Made for his exiled coronation in
Tiara of Pope Pius VII
(1804). The "Napoleon Tiara" from
, marking his wedding to
; by Henry August and
, House of
, Paris. Some of the jewels and decoration for this tiara came from earlier tiaras smashed and stolen by the troops of the
in 1798. The tiara was made deliberately too small, and at 18
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