Papal conclave, 1623

Papal conclave
July–August 1623

Coat of arms during the vacancy of the Holy See
Dates and location
19 July – 6 August 1623
Apostolic Palace, Papal States
Key officials
Dean Antonio Maria Sauli
Sub-Dean Francesco Maria Bourbon del Monte
Camerlengo Ippolito Aldobrandini
Protopriest Federico Borromeo
Protodeacon Alessandro d'Este
Elected Pope
Maffeo Barberini
(Name taken: Urban VIII)
Gregory XV

The papal conclave of 1623 was the papal conclave of Cardinals called on the death of Pope Gregory XV. It lasted eighteen days from 19 July 1623 to 6 August 1623 and chose Maffeo Barberini, who took office as Pope Urban VIII.


The College of Cardinals was then made up of 66 members, of whom all but 12 cardinals were in Rome at the time the conclave was called, so the conclave had 54 participants, chosen by the following popes:

The conclave divided up into four factions:


Absent cardinals


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