"Church/ Chiesa della Madonna dei Monti (Santa Maria ai Monti)" submitted by RomeTour Editorial Team and last updated on Friday 13th May 2011
It is considered to be the masterpiece of G.Della Porta, erected in 1580 in honor of miraculous image of St Mary, found on the site of ex monastery, used as a hay-loft. Interior, containing stuccoes by A.Buonvicino and frescoes by Cristoforo Casolani, has a nave with little chapels on each side, and a dome on a high cylindrical drum, by Achille Albacini (1892). The dome was decorated in 1599-1600 by C.Nebbia, O.Gentileschi, and others. The high altar preserves the spoils of Giuseppe Labre, a saint Franciscan who lived and died here in the 18th century.
The simple facade recalls that one already adopted in the Chiesa del Gesù: divided into two orders joint by lateral volutes, it is crowned by triangular tympani and divided by flat Corinthian pilaster strips and four niches. Inside the church, in a unique nave inspired to the Jesuit model, one treasures some pictorial examples very representative for the period: in the Cappella della Pietà one treasures the altar piece by Antonio Viviani (a copy of the Pietà by Michelangelo) and the frescoes by Lattanzio Mainardi and Paris Nogari. The frescoes on the vault, the dome and the gallery are by Cristoforo Casolani.
Beside the church is Palazzo dell'Ospizio dei Catecumeni, erected under Urban VIII. The hospice was managed by a confraternity which converted unfaithful and the Jews into Christian religion. In front of it is an interesting block of medieval houses, that was nearly untouched by the time.
Church/ Chiesa della Madonna dei Monti (Santa Maria ai Monti)
Via della Madonna dei Monti 41
00184, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Monti (Colosseo-S.Giovanni-S.Maria Maggiore) (Roma centro)
Church/ Chiesa della Madonna dei Monti (Santa Maria ai Monti) is Shown By "Map E Zone" As "143"
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