Papal Tiara, Keys of Saint Peter and Christian Kings. Where is Christianity?

Sometimes we run into things that have no reasonable explanation when we consider the official narrative. In this case we have a book published in 1770.

  • Original Title: Collection de cartouches d'après plusieurs grands maîtres, contenant quatre vingt deux desseins différens gravés en cinquante huit planches, ouvrage très utile aux architectes, sculpteurs, peintres et autres artistes.
  • Translated Title: Collection of cartouches after several great masters, containing eighty-two different designs engraved in fifty-eight plates, a very useful work for architects, sculptors, painters and other artists.
  • Source
Cartouche, in architecture, ornamentation in scroll form, applied especially to elaborate frames around tablets or coats of arms. By extension, the word is applied to any oval shape or even to a decorative shield, whether scroll-like in appearance or not.
In other words, what we are looking at are various designs of papal and royal ornamental coats of arms.
  • Can you spot anything Christian related there?
  • What do you see depicted in the below cartouches?





Pope Urban VIII
Pope Urban VIII (1568 – 1644), born Maffeo Barberini, was head of the Catholic Church and ruler of the Papal States from 6 August 1623 to his death in 1644. As pope, he expanded the papal territory by force of arms and advantageous politicking, and was also a prominent patron of the arts and a reformer of Church missions.
Pope Urban VIII.jpg

To me, it’s fairly obvious that Pope Urban VIII was not a christian. He belonged to a different religion. Take a look at his tomb.
  • This monument to Pope Urban VIII by Bernini is a pyramidal layout similar to the tomb of Pope Paul III though more harmonious.
    A tall, white marble pedestal supports the bronze figure of the Pope giving a blessing.
  • The figure on the left with the children is Charity, Justice is on the right with the sword and scale.
  • Bernini used a skeleton to represent death for the first time on this monument.
  • The skeleton has written the name of the deceased on an unfolded scroll. The bees of the Barberini family coat of arms is displayed here while individual bees have been placed on the monument. These bees can bee seen throughout St. Peter's Basilica.

Roman goddesses:
It appears that at the time, the meaning of the word catholic was pretty literal, and did mean “universal”. In other words, one did not have to be of Christian faith to be a Pope aka Pontifex Maximus.

KD: Unfortunately, the book does not specify who the above ornaments belong to (other than Pope Urban VIII's one). At the same time, I am not sure it's even important in this case.
  • How could any of the above symbols fly per the narrative we all grew up with?

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