On This Day

What Happened in 1294

Historical Events

  • May 12 Construction of Santa Croce begins in Florence, the largest Franciscan church in the world (consecrated 1442)
  • Jun 30 Jews are expelled from Berne, Switzerland
  • Jul 5 Pietro del Murrone elected as Pope Coelestinus V
  • Dec 10 Pope Coelestinus V becomes Pope (until Dec 13th)
  • Dec 13 Saint Celestine V abdicates the papacy after only five months; Celestine hoped to return to his previous life as an ascetic hermit.
  • Dec 24 Cardinal Benedetto Gaetani chosen as Pope Boniface VIII

World Leaders in 1294

Would You Believe?

Saint Celestine V abdicates the papacy after only five months; Celestine hoped to return to his previous life as an ascetic hermit.

On December 13, 1294