The church of San Giovanni in Laterano, Rome's cathedral, is the final resting place of Leo XIII (r. 1878-1903), who enjoyed the third-longest reign of any pope (after Pius IX and John-Paul II).
His funerary monument was commissioned by the cardinals he had created, as the inscription above the door proclaims (CARDINALES AB EO CREATI), and carved by the Roman sculptor Giulio Tadolini (1849-1918). It depicts Leo XIII, St Joseph and a figure symbolising Religion.
Leo XIII was ninety-three years old when he died, making him the longest-living pope in the history of the papacy.
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