The First Thomasian Papal Chair

November 28, 2021

Among the most important artifacts in the UST Museum’s collection are the Papal Chairs. Each time the Holy Father visits the University of Santo Tomas -- also known as the Royal Pontifical Catholic University of the Philippines -- a chair is commissioned for his exclusive use.

This particular chair is crafted from hard, dark wood. The top of the backrest is carved with the University seal that was in use from 1868 to 1935. The backrest posts and legs are carved in the “barley twist” style. A metal plaque at the back is inscribed with the information that the chair was used by Saint Pope Paul VI during his visit to UST on November 28, 1970, the first papal visit to the University, making this the first Thomasian Papal Chair.