Church and Hospice of San Cosimato (Chiesa e Ospizio di S.Cosimato)

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Before the 19th century when this part of Trastevere was free from constructions of any type, the zone around the Church and Hospice of San Cosimato (Chiesa e Ospizio di S.Cosimato) was occupied by sportive area where different kinds of competitions between young people took place.

Church and Hospice of San Cosimato (Chiesa e Ospizio di S.Cosimato), Piazza di San Cosimato
S.Cosimato's construction belonged first to the monks of Benedictian order, and then, since 1234, of Franciscan order. The church was built in the 10th century and reconstructed in 1475. The interior of the church has one ample nave, a wooden ceiling, a painting by A.da Viterbo, and a tomb of Cybo-Malaspina. The Roman bell-tower is one of the most ancient in Rome and dates with the end of the 11th century. The hospice now is adapted to serve as a Hospital Regina Margherita. The development and needs of latter changed the aspect of this historical complex constructions, including in its structure two cloisters, one of which has 250 little columns and is the greatest in Rome.

There is an interesting fact about the saint to who the church and the hospice are dedicated. Such a saint as Santo Cosimato doesn't exist, it is nothing else but transformation of two names - Cosma and Damiano - in one - Cosimato. Peculiarities of this little church are the small façade with an elegant portal from the Renaissance (C.XV) and the facing garden that houses an antique granite tub used as a fountain.

There is another interesting thing about this church. On the High Altar there is a very venerated painting representing Madonna col Bambino, which originally was kept in the old St Peter's. In the 16th century it was stolen and then thrown into the Tiber after all the jewels were taken away from it. It was brought out of the water personally by pope Leo X who made a tabernacle built specially for this painting on the bridge Ponte Senatorio (now Ponte Rotto) under which it was founded. The inhabitants of Trastevere decided to change its position and attached it to the wall of the church San Salvatore. It remained there until a young man wouldn't see miraculous rays of light coming out of the painting. He detached it with the help of other people and gave it to the monks of San Cosimato.

In a chapel is the altar mausoleum of Cardinal Alderano Cybo Malaspina, made out of elements belonging to the monument of Sansovino, once in the church of Santa Maria del Popolo, where Cybo was once buried. Near the church is a small Romanesque cloister, with arches on coupled columns. In the surrounding area stand numerous architectural fragments from Roman, early Christian and Medieval period.

Notes: At the moment the church is closed.

Church and Hospice of San Cosimato (Chiesa e Ospizio di S.Cosimato)
Piazza di San Cosimato
00153, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Trastevere (Gianicolo) (Roma centro)
Church and Hospice of San Cosimato (Chiesa e Ospizio di S.Cosimato) is Shown By "Map J Zone" As "34"
Hours: Masses: Weekdays 7.00am. Hildays 8.00am.

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