Oratorio del Gonfalone (Oratory of the Banner)

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Oratorio del Gonfalone (Oratory of the Banner)

This Oratory of the Banner (Oratorio del Gonfalone) belonged to a powerful Confraternity of S.Lucia del Gonfalone and was built in the 16th century. The facade presents two orders (the first one dates back to 16th century, while the second one, baroque, is by Domenico Castelli). The first one embodies a portal with a decorated tympanum. The upper order, on the other hand, embodies three decorated windows surmounted by decorated tympanums.

Behind a modest facade, by Domenico Castelli, is a magnificent hall surrounded by choir parts and entirely decorated with the cycle of frescoes executed by mannerists of the 2nd half of the 16th century (F.Zuccari, L.Agresti, C.Nebbia, Bertoja, R.da Reggio, M.d. Pino). The ceiling is made of carved and gilded wood, by Ambrogio Bonazzini.

Oratory represents an extraordinary example of mannerist school in Rome. The oratory's frescoes were restored in the recent decade. At present the hall is adapted for concerts by the Roman Polyphonic Choir (Coro Polifonico Romano).
Oratorio del Gonfalone (Oratory of the Banner), Near Piazza Farnese and Campo dei Fiori, rome
A collection of works that has thrown its influence across Italy and Europe, following the ethical and aesthetic ideals of the Counter Reformation to dominate the artistic mainstream for at least two centuries. Often the Gonfalone Oratory's beauty is described as that of a miniature Sistine Chapel. Popes, pilgrims, patients, prisoners, parades - and now music lovers from around the world - have passed through its portals and environs.

It is in the 16th-century oratory adjacent to the Baroque church that intimate concerts are presented to a fortunate public of connoisseurs (there are only 150 seats available). Transformed into a concert hall several years ago, the Gonfalone offers the perfect venue for concerts thanks to its splendid frescoes portraying the cycle of the Passion of Christ, fine acoustics and rich cultural history.

Oratorio del Gonfalone (Oratory of the Banner)
Via del Gonfalone, 32/a
Near Piazza Farnese and Campo dei Fiori
00186, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Ponte (Via Coronari-Ponte Vittorio) (Roma centro)
Oratorio del Gonfalone (Oratory of the Banner) is Shown By "Map H Zone" As "29"
Bus: 23 - 116 - 116T - 280 - 870
Hours: Monday-Friday: 10.00 am - 4.00 pm.
Booking required: tel. +39 0685301758, fax +39 0685301756
Online Booking: http://www.romeguide.it/oratoriogonfalone/oratoriogonfalone.htm
Oratorio del Gonfalone Website: http://www.oratoriogonfalone.com/

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