"Church/ Chiesa di San Marcello al Corso" submitted by RomeTour Editorial Team and last updated on Wednesday 4th May 2011
It stands on the site of the martyrdom of St Marcellus I, where in the 4th century was built the first church. The later construction that grew over the original one was destroyed by fire in 1519, when only the venerated Crucifix survived, which after this event became an object of cult and a Confraternity with its name was born. The church has been one of the first "tituli", the places of christian cult in Rome. According to tradition, the church achieved its name by Pope Marcello I who was condemned to slavery by Massenzio.
The project of the new church belonged to Sansovino, the facade is by C.Fontana (1683). The elegant interior is in form of a hall with the five chapels on each side. On the door from the inside of the church is a scene of Crucifixion by G.B.Ricci (1613). On the high altar is a painting Glory of St Marcellus by Silverio Capparoni. Cappella Paolucci was built in the beginning of the 18th century and is decorated with the paintings by Aureliano Milani and burial monuments by P.Bracci. The walls of the 3rd chapel on the right are frescoed by F.Salviati. In the following chapel the ceiling is covered by frescoes by P.del Vaga. Cappella di S.Paolo (the 4th on the left) has paintings by T.Zuccari, with the busts of three members of the Frangipane family by A.Algardi (1625). The church preserves also some tombs of cardinals.
The nave hosts a splendid tumb in Venetian style by Sansovino, dedicated to Cardinal Giovanni Michiel and his nephew Antonio Orso. The convent was built in the 17th century by Antonio Casoni, the greatest part of which is occupied now by Police station.
Church/ Chiesa di San Marcello al Corso
Piazza di San Marcello, 5
00187, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Trevi (Quirinale-Tritone-Barberini) (Roma centro)
Church/ Chiesa di San Marcello al Corso is Shown By "Map E Zone" As "106"
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