On March 14th 1800, Cardinal Barnaba Chiaramonti was elected pope, taking the name Pius VII, in honour of his predecessor.
The conclave was held in Venice; it was the last time a papal election was held outside Rome.
Pope Pius VII died on August 23rd 1823. His funerary monument is the only work in St Peter's Basilica by a non-Catholic sculptor, namely Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770-1844).
My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private walking tours of Rome.
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