"Palazzo dei Penitenzieri, Columbus Hotel, Rome" submitted by RomeTour Editorial Team and last updated on Thursday 28th April 2011
It was erected in 1480-90 for the cardinal Domenico Della Rovere, probably by B.Pontelli in Palazzo Venezia style. Starting from the 17th century the palace entered in the period of its decadence loosing external decorations and suffering from the installation of new windows.
(pictured above: inner courtyard)
On the facade facing Via della Conciliazione there are two pretty little fountains reminding the heraldic symbols (eagle and dragon) of Paul V Borghese (pictured below).
The palace takes its present name from the seat of a group of Jesuits who were acting for a long time as penitentiaries of basilica St Peter's, i.e. the priests who had the exceptional right to absolve grave sins. Today the palace is known as the seat of an Equestrian Order of S.Sepolcro di Gerusalemme, which among other created here the hotel.
In 1655 it became the seat of the Jesuits who were the penitentiaries in the basilica of S. Peter. At the moment it also houses the Hotel Columbus.
Notes: Now seat of the Hotel Columbus and the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem
Palazzo dei Penitenzieri
Via della Conciliazione, 33
00193, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Borgo (Castel Sant'Angelo) (Roma centro)
Palazzo dei Penitenzieri, Columbus Hotel is Shown By "Map D Zone" As "19"
Subway: Ottaviano (881 m N), Metro A
Columbus Hotel Rome
Tel: 0039 06 6865435
More Info: http://www.hotelcolumbus.net/