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Oratorio di San Francesco Saverio del Caravita

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Oratorio di San Francesco Saverio del Caravita

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Via del Caravita 7, 00186 Rome Italy
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dapper777 wrote a review Oct 2020
Monaco24,237 contributions2,431 helpful votes
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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.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Diane Peasley wrote a review Apr 2018
Knowlton61 contributions15 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: March 2018
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Sarah L wrote a review Mar 2018
Chester, United Kingdom20 contributions16 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: March 2018
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The Spanish Steps Apartment wrote a review Oct 2017
Rome, Italy18,755 contributions1,285 helpful votes
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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.
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Date of experience: October 2017
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Maggi713 wrote a review Feb 2017
Baltimore, Maryland10,228 contributions1,002 helpful votes
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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
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Date of experience: December 2016
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