Election of Sixtus IV as Pope Will Make Major Infrastructure Improvements in Rome Hot

Election of Sixtus IV as Pope Will Make Major Infrastructure Improvements in Rome

Pope Sixtus IV

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Sixtus IV is elected pope. Born Francesco della Rovere, he will make major improvements that benefit everyone in Rome: streets will be widened and paved, dilapidated buildings are torn down and replaced, hospitals are established, new chapels are built, and a new bridge (later called the Ponte Sisto after him) is put across the Tiber.

As important as all that may be, Pope Sixtus IV will become most famous for artistic developments: he will have the Sistine Chapel created, he brings together a large number of artists in Rome which helps establish the early Renaissance, and he creates the Vatican Archives.

One of the first acts of Pope Sixtus IV after being elected will be far less admirable: he encourages the leaders of France, Spain, Germany, Hungary, and Poland to pursue a new crusade against the Turks. This is a continuation of the policies of his predecessors, Pope Pius II and Pope Paul II, but little is accomplished.

Closer to home, Pope Sixtus IV will expand the Inquisition and repress heresy, though he does at times object to the many abuses committed in the name of the Spanish Inquisition (which he creates at the request of of King Ferdinand of Aragon and Queen Isabella of Castile).

Pope Sixtus IV will not, however, be able to do much to counteract any of these abuses because King Ferdinand threatens to withdraw his military support if Sixtus interferes. The most Sixtus will be able to do is to write a letter reprimanding Inquisitors for overzealousness in the treatment of alleged heretics.

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