Count Enrico Pietro Galeazzi

Count Enrico Pietro Galeazzi

Birth
Rome, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy
Death 25 Sep 1986 (aged 90)
Rome, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy
Burial Rome, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy
Plot First chapel on the left
Memorial ID 139985918 · View Source
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Born in Rome on August 27, 1896, Enrico Pietro Galeazzi was the scion of a family of Perugian noblemen. His father, Goffredo Galeazzi, served as Grand Officer of the Crown of the Kingdom of Italy. His mother, Emma, was from an old Roman family descended from the Coletti baronial line. She herself was the daughter of Salvatore Lisi.

Enrico completed classical studies at the Instituto Massimo, and later worked in the Italian Army Corps of Engineers during the World War. He earned the rank of Captain during the conflict.

Starting in 1921 he devoted himself to studying architecture and construction, a field in which he would prove to be the author of works remarkable for their size and artistic merit.

On January 3, 1923 was united in marriage to Ida Filippucci with whom he had his only daughter, Maria Luisa.

His association with Cardinal Pacelli as Secretary of State of the Vatican City later blossomed into great collaboration when Pacelli was elected Pope Pius XII. Even before his election, he had been appointed Galeazzi the Special Delegate to the Knights of Columbus (April 3, 1939) and conferred upon him the title of Architect of the Holy Apostolic Palaces and the post of General Manager of the Technical and Economic Services (April 8, 1939).

For a few years in the midst of World War II, Galeazzi functioned as a diplomatic go-between for the Vatican and the United States. Pius XII asked him to intercede with President Roosevelt to procure assistance and defense for the embattled city of Rome. In recognition of those valuable humanitarian services rendered to his country during the Second World War, King Umberto II appointed him Lieutenant General of the Kingdom, and, on November 23, 1945, granted him the title of Count.

Other honors given him include Architect of the Reverend Fabbrica of Saint Peter's (1932), Knight of the Order of Malta (March 1943), and more.

Among the architectural works he designed and built were Basilica of Sant'Eugenio and the Janiculum campus of the Pontifical North American College.

He retired from the most strenuous positions he held with the Vatican in March 1968 and began a state of semi-retirement. He continued, however, his association with the Knights of Columbus. The 1986 cleaning of the facade of Saint Peter's Basilica, donated by the Knights, owed much to his efforts. He died later that year, on September 25, 1986.

He is entombed in the crypt chapel of the North American College.


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  • Created by: A. Schrenk
  • Added: 13 Dec 2014
  • Find A Grave Memorial 139985918
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Count Enrico Pietro Galeazzi (27 Aug 1896–25 Sep 1986), Find A Grave Memorial no. 139985918, citing Assumption Chapel of the Pontifical North American, Rome, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy ; Maintained by A. Schrenk (contributor 47008830) .