Oratorio di San Francesco Saverio del Caravita

Oratorio di San Francesco Saverio del Caravita

Oratorio di San Francesco Saverio del Caravita
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Tim F
Albury, Australia3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Solo
In crowded Rome the trick is to find a Church that is very different, physically and for that matter spiritually. For 1000 days whilst on posting based in Rome I gained much comfort, spiritual support and good friendships from the Caravita Parish, conveniently adjoining the Trinity College Bar just off the Corso in the heart of Rome. The Oratory building on the inside is remarkable, complete with an organ once played by a young Mozart, above the entrance door. If not for the religious service, then just soak up this unusually shaped high roof church with a huge history. It is open every Sunday morning, Mass is in English 1100 every Sunday except August. So I commend a visit, regular visits and you will come to appreciate genuine friendship from the locals, including the presiding priests. - Tim Fischer AC, now back in Australia
Written October 26, 2013
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Sarah L
Chester, UK20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Couples
Watched Vivaldi’s Four Seasons performed by Opera e Lirica here. Was given a flyer while passing by and thought, “when in Rome....!” Really lovely evening, beautiful church and gorgeous concert. Not really “classical music” people but couldn’t not enjoy! Was a bit cold at night in March, so would recommend warm clothes.
Written March 24, 2018
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Milton Kanno
Sao Paulo, SP9,904 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Couples
The place is not that big but is that graceful. It really translate a place to pray and have reflections from learnings of the catholic church. Is amazing the positive vibe that you can feel inside. Great place to visit and pray.
Written September 12, 2016
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The Spanish Steps Apartment
Rome, Italy32,957 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Solo
This baroque church was built between 1631 and 1633. Mozart performed on the organ here in 1770. A bridge connects the church to the old Roman College in Via del Collegio Romano, to allow the Jesuit professors from the Palazzo of the Collegio Romano to access the church. I was happy to find it open today, they were preparing for an event but I was able to spend some time admiring the decoration of the church, which is quite lovely and colorful. There is a particularly pretty Madonna and child painting. Worth a visit if you are in the area.
Written October 28, 2017
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EGraham504
New Orleans, LA51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
They have an English speaking mass every Sunday at 11am. Very welcoming church. Priest gave a great homily. We were asked to bring up the gifts which was very cool.
Written July 20, 2014
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Inga P
Lewisboro, NY112 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
I love baroque style in general…music,architecture…We. Same here to see and listen…spent lovely evening listening Vivaldi’s masterpiece
Written July 21, 2023
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dapper777
Monaco64,405 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Friends
The Jesuit father Pietro Gravita began the construction of the oratory in 1630 near the Roman College.
He was a Jesuit in charge of 'Missione Urbana' i.e. of preaching to the farm labourers of the Roman countryside, especially to those who worked on a seasonal basis.
The works, financed by faithful and noble families of the area, were completed in 1633. The oratory, popularly known as the 'Santa Comunione Generale', was dedicated to St. Mary of Mercy and to St. Francis Xavier.
On the death of father Gravita in 1658, the oratory became known as 'Oratorio del Caravita', a corruption of Father Gravita's surname.
The building was used for musical performances, educational plays and the worship practice known as 'Macchina delle Quarant'Ore'.
The façade, in two-tiered bricks, has the entrance portal surmounted by a triangular tympanum between two framed windows.
On the second floor there are three windows of the Jesuit community house.
The interior, restored in the 19th century, presents the nave preceded by a vestibule whose vault is frescoed with "Stories from the Life of St Francis Xavier", by Lazzaro Baldi.
Beautiful and unexpected church next to the sumptuousness of the church of St. Ignatius.
The vestibule is interesting with its side altarpiece with a XVIIIth century wooden crucifix and the decoration of its vault ceiling.
It is a rather old church, and unfortunately it shows.
Maintenance work should be done.
Nevertheless, there is a nice vibe inside.
The classical and baroque music concerts that are organized inside the church, which has good acoustics, are quite well known.
From an artistic point of view, it is not among the most relevant churches in the center of Rome.
It is worth a short visit.
Written October 4, 2020
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Diane Peasley
Knowlton59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Couples
Each is ornate and distinctly different. It is just a pleasure to sit and enjoy the athmosphere for awhile. Take your time to see all the details.
Written April 16, 2018
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Maggi713
Baltimore, MD12,319 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Couples
We had just finished looking at St. Ignatius Loyola when we came upon the Oratory and it was open. We were delighted to have the opportunity to take a peek inside! This Oratory is not always open – they do hold concerts and exhibitions here. Some interesting facts about the Oratory: it was built between 1631 and 1633. Romans had difficulty pronouncing the name of the Jesuit priest, Pietro Gravita, who built the church and called him ‘Caravita’, which became the adopted name of the church. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart performed on the organ at Caravita in 1770. Caravita’s mission is to care for the poor. In times past, the Oratory housed nine different lay congregations including the first to admit women. Caravita opened its doors for its first mass in English on 15 October 2000. From the beginning, Caravita has welcomed people from different faiths, people who have been away from the church, and prominent figures from Rome’s religious and diplomatic communities. The community is ‘Catholic’ in its purest sense – universal and all-embracing
Written February 7, 2017
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Jacko3048
Sharon, CT90 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013 • Friends
There are other English speaking services in Rome but none come close to true fellowship with superb preaching. An intimacy exists as the sacred space is configured with attendees facing each other, some sitting on "modern" chairs, others sitting in ancient choir stalls. The altar of sacrifice is centered as it should be. I especially like the many different accents heard; Australian, Kiwi, Canadian, Nigerian, etc. which enforce the universality of the Roman Catholic church. Be sure to stay afterwards for a glass of prosecco and conversations you will remember forever.
Written October 21, 2013
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