Hospice of 100 Priests/ Old Priests/ San Michele (Ospizio dei Cento Preti/S.Michele)

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Pope Sixtus V had D.Fontana build this hospice in 1587, but in the modern construction nearly nothing left from the original one. Sixtus V tried to resolve a problem of mendicancy picking all the mendicant friars from the streets of Rome and putting them in one building. The hospice was dedicated to St Francis of Assisi and was managed by a Congregation of 100 priests ( from which the present name comes: Hospice of 100 priests/ Ospizio dei Cento Preti).

Hospice of 100 priests or Ospizio dei Cento Preti, Rome
In the beginning of the 18th century Clement XI ordered transfer of the institution to the Hospice of San Michele(Ospizio apostolico di S.Michele). "100 priests" were substituted by a hospice for girls and an ecclesiastic hospital which after some rearrangement exists till now as a Hospice for old priests.

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The Porto di Ripa Grande is the larger of Rome's two river ports the other being the Porto di Ripetta, Plate 85. Since the middle ages this Trastevere landing served boats bringing goods upstream from the sea. It was located directly across the river from the long defunct ancient river port at the foot of the Aventine hill. The port occupied the length of the river bank in front of the multi-section Ospizio Apostolico di S. Michele. Built in sequence between 1686 and 1735, the ospizio (hospice) housed a women's prison, a correctional facility for boys, a wool factory, a hospital and two churches.

Underneath flows the Tiber that here flanks this vast complex of the previous Ospizio Apostolico di San Michele a Ripa Grande. Once here was the major harbour of the city, ships coming from the sea landed here, but the harbour was destroyed to built the massive walls to bank up the periodical floods of the river.

To the left of this long building is a porticoed structure named Dogana Grande (Large Customs House) which served the port. The irregular cluster of buildings at the upstream end of the port was the old customs house. The small building raised on arches at the center of the port was customs house for handling wine identified by Vasi as the Dogana del Passo. On the right you can see the Tiber island, called by ancient Romans the “Ship of stone” for its shape and dedicated to the god of medicine Aesculapius.

Hospice of 100 Priests/ Old Priests/ San Michele (Ospizio dei Cento Preti/S.Michele)
Via Pietro Paolo Vergerio, 16
00135 , Ghetto, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Trastevere (Gianicolo) (Roma centro)
Hospice of 100 Priests/ Old Priests/ San Michele (Ospizio dei Cento Preti/S.Michele) is Shown By "Map J Zone" As "6"
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