Chiesa di Santa Maria dell'Orto (Church of St. Mary of the Garden)

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Construction of the Chiesa di Santa Maria dell'Orto (Church of St. Mary of the Garden) was began in 1419 in honour of the image of Virgin taken from wall of a garden as a consequence of particular veneration. The probable architect who began the construction was G.Romano but it was finished only in 1566 by G.Guidetti (interior) and by Vignola (exterior) probably in collaboration with F.da Volterra.

Chiesa di Santa Maria dell'Orto (Church of St. Mary of the Garden), Via Anicia, Rome
It owe sits name to its location on an area that was previously covered by vegetable gardens. On one of the border walls a portrait of the Madonna was once painted,who has been traditionally attributed miraculous events.

Inside the church has three naves separated by pilasters with three big chapels on both sides. It has rich baroque decoration with the frescoes by T.Zuccari, F.Zuccari, G.Baglione, C.Giaquinto and High Altar by G.della Porta. The ceiling is covered with stucco-works and gilding of the 18th century.
architecture of Santa Maria dell'Orto.
The façade embodies two orders. The central portal is framed by two columns and is sided by two secondary entrances. On the upper order one finds a window surmounted by a clock (1705). All of this is then crowned by a tympanum sided by small stone obelisks. The interior embodies three naves with three chapels per side and is rich of eighteenth century stuccos, crafted by Luigi Barattoni and Gabriele Valvassori. The nave in the middle is decorated by the fresco “Assunzione della Vergine” by Giacinto Calandrucci (1706). On the high altar one finds the venerated portrait of the “Madonna col Bambino” (mid C.XV). More remarkable frescos (”Storie della Vergine”) by Taddeo eFederico Zuccari (1560) are held in the apse.

Apart from its Renaissance structure and its rich baroque decoration, the church has an extreme historical interest for being a seat of twelve "universities" or corporations of workers of different spheres, primary connected with the provision activity: market-gardener, vine-dressers, poultrymen, fruit-growers, millers, etc.

Chiesa di Santa Maria dell'Orto (Church of St. Mary of the Garden)
Via Anicia, 10
00153, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Trastevere (Gianicolo) (Roma centro)
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Hours: The Church is opened for the whole year (except July and August) in the working days from 09:00 AM to 13:00 AM; on Sunday and holiday days from 10.00 AM to 12.00 AM. Mass times: Weekdays: 8:30 to 16:30, Holidays: 9.00-11.00-17.00, Third Sunday of the month 9.30 am Mass in Japanese. Schedules are subject to change. Please contact the church before visiting. Accepted for sightseeing groups by appointment only. In holiday days the mass are celebrated at 11.00 AM.
Transport: It is possible to reach easily from the trains station of Rome (Termini Station) with the coach of the line H up to Square Belli, with the coach No 75 up to Tavolacci Street (Palace of the examinations) or with the coaches 40 express or 64 up to Wide of Torre Argentina and then with the tram No 8 up to Mastai square. From the airport Leonardo da Vinci of Fiumicino with the train FR1 up to the station of Rome Trastevere and then with the tram No 8 up to Mastai Square.
Telephone: 0039 06 58301874

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