A Jacobite Gazetteer - Rome

Basilica di Sant' Andrea della Valle


This church is located on the south side of Corso Vittorio Emanuele in the Piazza Vidoni.

Here on July 15, 1807 were celebrated the funeral rites for King Henry IX and I in the presence of Pope Pius VII and some 27 cardinals. 1 Cardinal Pietro Francesco Galleffi sung the mass, while Pope Pius VII himself gave the absolution over the body. 2 The funeral would normally have occurred at the Basilica of San Lorenzo in Damaso, but that church was closed owing to renovation work.


1 Herbert M. Vaughan, The Last of the Royal Stuarts: Henry Stuart, Cardinal Duke of York (London: Methuen, 1906), 266.

2 Gaetano Moroni, Dizionario di Erudizione Storico-Ecclesiastico (Venice: Emiliana, 1861), CIII, 333. Cardinal Galeffi (1770-1837) had formerly been a canon and secretary of the Reverenda Fabbrica of St. Peter's Basilica. As such he had worked closely with Henry who was Archpriest of St. Peter's Basilica for 56 years. Galeffi himself was appointed Archpriest of St. Peter's Basilica in 1820.

Image 1 (Basilica di Sant' Andrea della Valle exterior): Pierre Grimal, Churches of Rome (New York: Vendome, 1997), 115.

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