"Church/ Chiesa di San Vitale" submitted by RomeTour Editorial Team and last updated on Saturday 30th April 2011
The Basilica of Sts. Vitalis, Valeris, Gervase and Protase (Italian: Basilica di Santi Vitale e Compagni Martiri in Fovea or also named as Parrocchia Santi Vitale E Compagni Martiri In Fovea) is a titular minor basilica church in Rome. The Roman Catholic church is commonly named Basilica di San Vitale. The Cardinal Priest of the Titulus S. Vitalis is Adam Maida.
It was built in 402 in basilican form and dedicated by matron Vestina to St Vitale and his sons. The reconstruction of 1475 reduced it to only one nave, which ample walls were covered with the large frescoes of landscape and martyrs by C.D'Arpino, A.Pozzo and G.Dughet. The church has a portico with the five arches based on columns beneath which is a door with the 15th century coat-of-arms of Sixtus IV. The new restoration took place in 1859.
The church was involved in the charity work by distribution of free bread due to a will of a noble Roman Francesco Silla. On the back of the church is the Barracks of Firemen and in Via di S.Vitale is a police-headquarters of Rome.
The interior, originally consisting of three naves, was reduced to one only during the restoration that occurred in 1475. The wide walls were frescoed during C. XVI by Cavalier d'Arpino, Andrea Pozzo and by Gaspare Poussin, and represent architectures and landscapes animated by "Storiette di Santi e di Martiri". San Vitale was restored several times, the most important being the rebuilding by Pope Sixtus IV before the Jubilee of 1475, and then in 1598, 1938 and 1960. The church is currently located several metres under the level of the street (via Nazionale), that it faces.
Church/ Chiesa di San Vitale
Basilica Minore, Via Nazionale 194/B
00184, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Monti (Colosseo-S.Giovanni-S.Maria Maggiore) (Roma centro)
Church/ Chiesa di San Vitale is Shown By "Map E Zone" As "88"
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