Famous People Buried in St. Peter's Basilica

List of famous people buried in St. Peter's Basilica, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Celebrities are often buried in the highest caliber cemeteries, mausoleums and tombs, which is why we've created this list of celebrities buried in St. Peter's Basilica. If you're ever visiting St. Peter's Basilica and want to check out historic graves, then use this list to pinpoint exactly which burial locations you want to see.

Examples of people on this list: Saint Peter, Christina, Queen of Sweden and more.

This list answers the questions "Which famous people are buried in St. Peter's Basilica?" and "Which celebrities are buried in St. Peter's Basilica?"

From celebrity tombs at St. Peter's Basilica to legendary locals, these are the most well-known people whose final resting place is St. Peter's Basilica. You can find useful information below for these notable people buried in St. Peter's Basilica, like what year and where the person was born.

  • Saint Peter
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    Saint Peter (Syriac: ܫܸܡܥܘܿܢ ܟܹ݁ܐܦ݂ܵܐ, Šemʿōn Kēp̄ā; Hebrew: שמעון בר יונה‎ Šimʿōn bar Yōnāh; Greek: Πέτρος, translit. Petros; Coptic: ⲡⲉⲧⲣⲟⲥ, romanized: Petros; Latin: Petrus; r. AD 30; died between AD 64 and 68), also known as Simon Peter, Simeon, Simon (, pronunciation ), Sham'un al-Safa, Cephas, or Peter the Apostle, was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ, and the first leader of the early Church. According to Christian tradition, Peter was crucified in Rome under Emperor Nero. He is traditionally counted as the first Bishop of Rome‍—‌or pope‍—‌and also by Eastern Christian tradition as the first Patriarch of Antioch. The ancient Christian churches all venerate Peter as a major ...more
    • Birthplace: Bethsaida, Syria
  • Christina, Queen of Sweden
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    Christina (18 December 1626 – 19 April 1689), the only surviving legitimate child of King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden and his wife Maria Eleonora of Brandenburg, reigned as Queen of Sweden from 1632 until her abdication in 1654. At the age of six, Christina succeeded her father upon his death at the Battle of Lützen, but began ruling the Swedish Empire when she reached the age of 18 in 1644. Christina is remembered as one of the most learned women of the 17th century. She was fond of books, manuscripts, paintings, and sculptures. With her interest in religion, philosophy, mathematics and alchemy, she attracted many scientists to Stockholm, wanting the city to become the "Athens of the ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 62 (1626-1689)
    • Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
  • Charles Edward Stuart
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    Charles Edward Louis John Casimir Sylvester Severino Maria Stuart (31 December 1720 – 31 January 1788) was the elder son of James Francis Edward Stuart, grandson of James II and VII, and the Stuart claimant to the throne of Great Britain after 1766. During his lifetime, he was also known as "the Young Pretender" and "the Young Chevalier"; in popular memory, he is "Bonnie Prince Charlie". He is best remembered for his role in the 1745 rising; his defeat at Culloden in April 1746 effectively ended the Stuart cause, and subsequent attempts failed to materialise, such as a planned French invasion in 1759. His escape from Scotland after the uprising led to his portrayal as a romantic figure of ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 67 (1720-1788)
    • Birthplace: Palazzo Muti, Italy
  • Otto II, Holy Roman Emperor
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    Otto II (955 – December 7, 983), called the Red (Rufus), was Holy Roman Emperor from 973 until his death in 983. A member of the Ottonian dynasty, Otto II was the youngest and sole surviving son of Otto the Great and Adelaide of Italy. Otto II was made joint-ruler of Germany in 961, at an early age, and his father named him co-Emperor in 967 to secure his succession to the throne. His father also arranged for Otto II to marry the Byzantine Princess Theophanu, who would be his wife until his death. When his father died after a 37-year reign, the eighteen-year-old Otto II became absolute ruler of the Holy Roman Empire in a peaceful succession. Otto II spent his reign continuing his father's ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 28 (955-983)
    • Birthplace: Saxony, Germany
  • Maria Clementina Sobieska
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    Maria Clementina Sobieska

    Maria Clementina Sobieska (Polish: Maria Klementyna Sobieska; 18 July 1702 – 18 January 1735) was a Titular Queen consort of England by marriage to James Francis Edward Stuart, a Jacobite claimant to the British throne. The granddaughter of the Polish king John III Sobieski, she was the mother of Charles Edward Stuart and of Cardinal Henry Benedict Stuart.
    • Age: Dec. at 32 (1702-1735)
    • Birthplace: Oława, Poland
  • Henry Benedict Stuart
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    Henry Benedict Stuart

    Henry Benedict Thomas Edward Maria Clement Francis Xavier Stuart, Cardinal Duke of York (6 March 1725 – 13 July 1807) was a Roman Catholic cardinal, as well as the fourth and final Jacobite heir to claim the thrones of England, Scotland, France, and Ireland publicly. Unlike his father, James Francis Edward Stuart, and brother, Charles Edward Stuart, Henry made no effort to seize the throne. After Charles's death in January 1788 the Papacy did not recognise Henry as the lawful ruler of England, Scotland, and Ireland, but referred to him as the Cardinal Duke of York.He spent his life in the Papal States and had a long career in the clergy of the Roman Catholic Church, rising to become the ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 82 (1725-1807)
    • Birthplace: Rome, Italy