Church/ Chiesa

Basilica di Santa Maria in Aracoeli

inside architecture of S.Maria in Aracoeli, rome, italy It was founded in the 7th century; in the 10th century it belonged to the Benedictines and from 1250 to the Franciscans. The church occupies an area where the sacred geese of Juno was kept, the one who alerted the Romans to the danger during a siege by the Gauls in 390 b.C.. In 434 b.C. a temple was erected to Juno Moneta, who's name was given to metal money, "moneta", because...

Church/ Chiesa di Santa Maria di Loreto

Church/ Chiesa di Santa Maria di Loreto It is located on Trajan’s Forum in one of themost suggestive corners of the antique part of Rome. In the 1500s, the membersof the Confraternita dei Fornari attained the permission to build a smallchurch for their company. In 1507, a new church was started on the same location based on a project by Antonio da Sangallo il Giovane and completed by Iacopo del Duca (1573-76)....

Chiesa del Santissimo(SS) Nome di Maria al Foro Traiano (Church Holy Name of Mary at Trajan's Forum)

The design of the church belongs to Antonio Derizet, who created it in 1737 by order of the Confraternity of the St Name of Mary. The Confraternity was instituted as a thanksgiving for the victory over Turks at Vienna in 1683. Construction of this church caused demolishing of Chiesetta di S.Bernardo della Compagnia. It stands on a rectangular basement, overwhelmed with the...

Church/ Chiesa di S.Caterina da Siena a Magnanapoli (St Catherine of Siena)

It was built in 1628-1640 and dedicated to the St Catherine of Siena, by the nuns Dominicans from the nearby convent, who transferred here from Piazza S.Chiara the relics of the room where the saint lived and died. The facade of the church is by G.B.Soria (1638-40). The double staircase was created in the early 20th century. Interior is rich with marbles, has one nave, three...

Church/ Chiesa dei Santi(SS.) Domenico e Sisto (San Sisto Nuovo)/ Angelicum University

Until the middle of the 16th century the site of this church was occupied by 9th century Chiesetta di S.Maria ad nives or S.Maria a Magnanapoli. By initiative of pope St Pius V the new grandiose monastery complex with the church was erected. It was dedicated to St Dominic and St Sixtus. The church of the Santi Domenico e Sisto is also known as San Sisto Nuovo since it was...

Church/ Chiesa dei SS. Quirico e Giulitta

This modest church was built in the beginning of the 1st millenium. The underground structure of the building dating from the Dark Ages was destroyed by the collapse of the pavement above it in the 50's of the 20th century. The present aspect of the church was given it by Paul V, who also ordered to raise its level. The facade is by F.Raguzzini (1733). The latter consists of...

Church/ Chiesa della Madonna dei Monti (Santa Maria ai Monti)

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...

Church/ Chiesa di San Lorenzo in Fonte

It was built over the ancient private baths, where according to a tradition, a deacon Lorenzo was imprisoned and baptized his guardian. This gave the name of the church "in fonte", i.e. in the water source. The simple church was built in 1543 on expenses of cardinal Juan Alvarez de Toledo and assigned by Urban VIII to the Nobili Aulici. In the 18th century it was enlarged and...

Church/ Chiesa di San Francesco di Paola (Calabrian saint St Francis of Paola)/ National Church for Calabrians

A rich person originally from Calabria region, devoted to the Calabrian saint St Francis of Paola, acquired in the beginning of the 17th century a large building with a tower with the goal to create here a convent of Minims of S.Francesco di Paola. The church was built in 1632 by Giovan Pietro Morandi and became a "national" church of the Calabrians. Interior has only one nave...

Chiesa/ Church of San Pietro in Vincoli (St Peter in Chains)

The two chains with which St Peter was supposed to have been fettered in the Tullianum are said to have been taken to Constantinople. In 439 a bishop of Jerusalem gave them to the mother(-empress) of empress Eudoxia , wife of emperor Valentinian III. She placed one of them in the basilica of the Apostles at Constantinople, and sent the other to Rome for her daughter, who gave...

Church/ Chiesa di Santa Lucia in Selci

Church/ Chiesa di Santa Lucia in Selci It was founded in the 5th century, and many times restored. For centuries it belonged to Certosians, and later to the order of S.Croce in Gerusalemme, which was finally substituted by Augustinian nuns still having their residence in the monastery of the church. The latter was reconstructed in the early 17th century by C.Maderno. Interior is in form of a rectangular hall with...

Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri (St. Mary of the Angels and the Martyrs)

inside interior of Santa Maria degli Angeli The hall of Tepidarium of the Baths of Diocletian (Terme di Diocleziano) was adapted for the Basilica di S.Maria degli Angeli by Michelangelo in 1560 according to a wish of Pius IV. But it had to be built much earlier in 1378 when two benefactors, Niccolo' da Nola and Napoleone Orsino, left to the pope Urban V the sum of 3000 golden florins to construct a Carthusian church...

Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore (Saint Mary Major) and Its Museum

Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore (Saint Mary Major) and Its Museum This is one of the four major patriarchal basilicas in Rome. The basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore (Saint Mary Major) is the most important of the Roman churches dedicated to the Madonna. It rises on top of the Cispio (the highest of the three ramifications that make the Esquiline Hill) on the ruins of a complex founded in the Augustan age and successively enlarged and...

Collegio Russicum (Russian College) with Church S. Antonio Abate/ Sant'Andrea Catabarbara

Russian National Church (Chiesa Nazionale Russa) In Rome Pontificio Collegio Russo (Russicum) was created by Pius XI in the moment of the hardest religious persecution in Soviet Russia, to prepare, by formation of the clergy specialized in Orthodox studies, the possibility to make contacts with that world when it will be possible. The College 'Russicum' was built near St. Mary Major in Rome, and the Church of St. Antony the Great...

Church/ Chiesa di Santa Prassede all'Esquilino

entrance of Church/ Chiesa di Santa Prassede all'Esquilino History The church was built by St Paschal I in 822 in occasion of transfer of the rests of 2300 martyrs from the Catacombs to the "Campagna romana" to protect them from the Saracens. The oratory from which the primitive church grew later had been erected here in 140-155 by St Pius I. The church was restored in 1450, 1564, 1832 and 1869, and was dedicated to martyr St...