The Jubilee of 1600: Temporary Splendor and a Lasting Legacy

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The Jubilee of 1600 was particularly important because it occured at the height of the Counter Reformation in Baroque Rome. Jubilees in general are important years for the papacy, particularly in a moment where they were trying to maintain the Church's influence over the world and assert their power over the Protestant Church. The commissions made in anticipation of the jubilee are an indicator of what type of image the Catholic Church was trying to present to the hundreds of thousands of people that would visit the city in that year.