Church of Santa Lucia del Gonfalone (Chiavica di S.Lucia)

"Church of Santa Lucia del Gonfalone (Chiavica di S.Lucia)" submitted by RomeTour Editorial Team and last updated on Sunday 5th June 2011

The church was also named "della chiavica" for its close position to an important sewer, which on its turn bore the name of "Chiavica di S.Lucia" taken from the church. The church was built in the end of the 13th - beginning of the 14th centuries. Devotion for the Siracusian Virgin gave birth to particular celebrations of her feast very popular in this zone. S.Lucia della Chiavica was also the church of Bohemians, who had their hospice close to it.

Church of Santa Lucia del Gonfalone (Chiavica di S.Lucia), Via dei Banchi Vecch, rome
The facade has two parts: the lower part has the entrance entry portal preceded by a staircase, while the upper part has a large window and a framed, triangular, curved gable. The interior has a single nave with a roofed vault and three chapels on each side. On the major altar, there is a sixteenth century C.XVI painting depicting the "Madonna del Gonfalone”.

But the church became important only after it was acquired by a powerful Arch-confraternity of Gonfalone in the epoch of Innocent VIII, by the end of the 15th century. Restoration works took place in the beginning of the 17th century. In 1764 the church was completely remade by Marco David, and rearranged again in the middle of the 19th century by F.Azzurri.

Arch-confraternity of Gonfalone was founded in the 13th century by S.Bonaventura with the seat in Chiesa di S.Alberto all'Esquilino (destroyed by Sixtus V); it was one of the most ancient and prestigious religious organizations, perhaps following only the Arch-confraternity of SS.Salvatore di S.Giovanni in Laterano.

In the end of the 15th century the Arch-confraternity del Gonfalone settled in this zone which became a center of its influence. A near by splendid oratory also belonged to it. All the similar institutions, apart from their public church, possessed a private oratory for spiritual practice of their members and their meetings and discussions.

Church of Santa Lucia del Gonfalone (Chiavica di S.Lucia)
Via dei Banchi Vecchi, 12
00186, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Ponte (Via Coronari-Ponte Vittorio) (Roma centro)
Church of Santa Lucia del Gonfalone (Chiavica di S.Lucia) is Shown By "Map H Zone" As "30"
Hours: Daily: 7.00 am - 12.30 pm and 5.00 pm - 7.00 pm. Mass Schedule: Holidays: 10.30 am, 11.30 am, 6.30 pm. Weekdays: 7.30 am, 6.30 pm. Schedules are subject to change. Please contact the church before visiting.
Telephone: 0039 06 68193368
Fax: 0039 06 68199760

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