Church/ Chiesa

Church of San Nicola in Carcere (Prison) and Its 3 Temples (Templi)

Church of San Nicola in Carcere (Prison) and Its 3 Temples (Templi) The main characteristic of this Chiesa di San Nicola in Carcere (Basilica or Church of St. Nicholas in Prison/ Cardinal Titular Church) is the fact that it was built over the three ancient temples standing one close to another. The area where there is now the church of S. Nicola in Carcere, in ancient time was occupied by the Foro Olitorio (Forum Holitorium) a square where the...

Church of Sant'Angelo in Pescheria (Piscaria)

The Church of Sant'Angelo in Pescheria (Piscaria) was founded in 755 by pope Stephen II, who built it on the site of ruins remained from Portico d'Ottavia (Portico of Octavia). The structure of the church dates with the 15th century, adapted and decorated in 1610 by the wish of cardinal Andrea Peretti. In the Middle Ages this church was the center of intensive city life....

Church of San Tommaso ai Cenci

Church of San Tommaso ai Cenci This church was built by the wish of the Cenci family, which could trace its origins back to the 14th century. This was the time when they started a very intensive purchasing of the territory and constructions on it in this zone, finishing with the creation of real stronghold supplied with the towers, living space and common services, in the center of which was the church of...

Church of Santa Maria del Pianto

The church was erected in 1608-1612 on the site of more ancient church (S.Salvatore de'Cacabariis) and was destined to save and honour the image of the Virgin coming from Portico d'Ottavia, which was seen to be crying by cause of mortal brawl in 1546. The architect who's project was applied for the church was Nicola Sebregondi; the church is on a Greek cross. The real...

Church of San Giovanni Calibita on the Tiber island

Church of San Giovanni Calibita on the Tiber island The Chiesa di S.Giovanni Calibita/ Church of San Giovanni Calibita was built in the 9th century, but its modern look was created in 1640. It contains harmonious decorations of the 18th century and numerous paintings of C.Giaquinto. The name of the church comes from the story about S.Giovanni, who lived in the 5th century and was a son of rich parents, first retired as a hermit...

Church of San Bartolomeo all'Isola on the Tiber Island

The Basilica or Chiesa di S.Bartolomeo all'Isola/ Church of San Bartolomeo all'Isola on the Isola Tiberina (Tiber island) was erected in the end of the 10th century by a Germanic emperor Otto III and reconstructed in 1624 after the damage brought by a flood of 1557. In reconstruction works participated O.Torriani and probably M.Longhi the Younger. The dedication to S....

Church of Santa Maria della Luce/ San Salvatore della Corte

The original title of the church was S.Salvatore in Corte. The primitive church was probably built in 270 for the initiative of S.Bonosa. From the old church remained a little bell-tower of the 12th century with the decorations and some Arab-Spanish ceramics. The transfer to the church of a miraculous image of the Virgin which returned the sight to a blind man made the name...

Church and Hospice of San Giovanni Battista dei Genovesi (St. John Baptist of Genovesi)

Church and Hospice of San Giovanni Battista dei Genovesi (St. John Baptist of Genovesi) The colony of Genoa had their stores and residences in he port zone. Meliaduce Cicala, prior of Genoa's Confraternity, organized construction of big religious and social organization which would include a church dedicated to the protector of Genoa St.John, a hospice with the functions of hospital, and marvelous cloister attributed to work of B.Pontelli, considered to be one of...

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

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...

Church of Saint Francis of Assisi (San Francesco d'Assisi a Ripa)

The Church of Saint Francis of Assisi ( Chiesa di San Francesco d'Assisi a Ripa/ S.Francesco a Ripa) grew on the site of old hospice Ospizio di S.Biagio in which, as a tradition says, St.Francis once was a guest, at least during one of his numerous sojourns in Rome. The original church was transformed immediately after the canonization of S.Francesco in 1231 for the initiative...

Basilica/ Church of Santa Maria in Trastevere

This Church of Santa Maria in Trastevere (Basilica/ Chiesa di S.Maria in Trastevere) occupies the 5th place in the hierarchy of Roman churches after St Peter's, St.Paul, St.John and S.Maria Maggiore for its ancient origins as well as for being the first dedicated to Madonna. It is the first among so called "minor basilicas" and it was the church which more often substituted...

Palazzo and Church of San Callisto (Saint Callixtus)/ Palazzo e Chiesa di S.Callisto

Apart from the old buildings that overlook the square (Piazza) Santa Maria in Trastevere, among which is the monumental 17th century Palazzo San Callisto (1613) belonging to the Holy See in the heart of Trastevere. On the site of palazzo di S.Callisto since the Middle Ages stood a palace erected for the cardinals responsible for the life of basilica of S.Maria in Trastevere...

Church of Santa Maria della Scala

Popular veneration of the miraculous image of Madonna depicted over some stairs in Trastevere forced a cardinal "di Como" and a Carmelite order to purchase a part of the district and build on the place of semi-destroyed poor houses a church and a big monastery with an ample open space. That stairs do not exist now but Maria's image is conserved now in the left transept of the...

Church of Sant’Agata in Trastevere

It is of the numerous little oratories till now occupying Trastevere; they all received a common baroque restoration works in 17-18th centuries. The church of St.Agatha was probably erected on the place of the house of Gregory II, who transformed it in a church and a monastery. The simulacrum or the venerable wooden statue of the Madonna del Carmine is kept in the church and...

Basilica/ Church of San Crisogono

Before 499 on the place of the present Basilica/ Church of San Crisogono (Basilica/ Chiesa di S.Crisogono) but 6m lower was built a church which together with S.Maria in Trastevere and S.Cecilia was one of the initial sites of cult and assistance to the Christian community in the zone of Trastevere. The damage from regular floods which risen the level of the soil convinced to...