Throwback Thursday: The Tomb of Galileo

Because of his assertion that the Earth revolved around the sun, Galileo was excommunicated by the Church in 1633. Upon his death in 1642, the Inquisition refused to bury him on consecrated ground. Therefore he was originally buried at the Noviate Chapel in Santa Croce under the Campanile. His body was moved inside the Church of Santa Croce and buried in an unmarked corner because Pope Urban VIII refused an actual