Saturday, August 15, 2015

History Trivia - Sistine Chapel consecrated

August 15

 778 The Battle of Roncevaux Pass (Pyrenees on the border between France and Spain), at which Roland (commander of the rear guard of Charlemagne's army) was killed. The battle was romanticized by oral tradition into a major conflict between Christians and Muslims, when in fact both sides in the battle were Christian. The legend is recounted in the 11th century The Song of Roland, which is the oldest surviving major work of French literature, and in Orlando Furioso, which is one of the most celebrated works of Italian literature.

1309 – The city of Rhodes surrendered to the forces of the Knights of St. John, completing their conquest of Rhodes. The knights established their headquarters on the island and renamed themselves the Knights of Rhodes.

1483 Pope Sixtus IV consecrated the Sistine Chapel.


  1. How cool is this? Thanks for sharing this 😊

  2. I remember reading The Song of Roland in high school. I've never been to Rhodes, but the Sistine Chapel is, of course, magnificent. So, I'm 66% for August 15th!

    Thanks for the spot of history, Mary Ann.

  3. Thanks for commenting, Kathryn. Have to go back to Rome to see the Sistine Chapel - didn't have enough time since I was roaming the Coliseum and the Roman Forum.