Andrea Doria

Admiral and statesman, born Oneglia, Italy, 1468; died Genoa, Italy, 1560. Of a powerful Genoese family, Doria served (1487-1492) in the guards of Pope Innocent VIII, and later joined the Knights of Saint John of Jerusalem. In 1503 he reorganized the Genoese fleet and commanded successively the galleys of France, of Pope Clement VII (1525), and of Austria (1532), directing the warfare against the Turks and Barbary pirates. The church of San Matteo, Genoa, which contains his tomb, was restored by him from plans by Fra Montorsoli.

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