Chiesa di San Benedetto in Piscinula

Chiesa di San Benedetto in Piscinula

Chiesa di San Benedetto in Piscinula
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Neighborhood: Trastevere
Trastevere ("beyond the Tiber") is like a faded postcard, a little worn around the edges but still charming. With its wide-open piazzas, meandering streets, weathered Renaissance buildings, and overgrown personality, it's become an irresistible mecca for visitors. Trastevere is an enclave of entertainment - a rotating set of street performers entertains almost every night, and unforgettable eateries and bars pepper its piazzas and side streets. For a trip to the past, visit the southern and western flanks of Trastevere for pockets of yesteryear, less traversed areas with a residual 1960s and 70s Roman vibe.
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Maggi713
Baltimore, MD12,320 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Friends
Tucked away in the corner of the Piazza in Piscinula, you will find this small, but very interesting church. This church was built on the remains of the houses belonging to the family of Anici. Step inside and admire the numerous frescoes dating back to the middle ages, in addition to the remains of a wonderful cosmatesque (geometric) floor, returned to light after a complete renovation. You can visit the small space where it is believed St. Benedict lived before choosing the life of a hermit, praying to the image of the Madonna located to the left of the Church. The most striking element of the building is the 11th-century bell tower: the smallest in Rome, it almost disappears among the roofs of the buildings. The bell, dated 1069, measures just 17+ inches in diameter, and is the oldest in the city.
Written February 12, 2017
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JHGS343
Sugar Land, TX146 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Couples
It seems odd to rate a church but I think it's worthwhile to let others know, especially pilgrims to Rome, that this is a quiet and deeply spiritual place. No great art, very much not Baroque, but quiet, peaceful, unlike (sadly) too many churches in Rome there is a daily Mass. The church has links to St. Benedict and has the smallest church bell in Rome. If you find yourself in Trastevere, stop by the Piazza in Piscinula in the early evening and visit -- and pray.
Written July 10, 2017
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El_Pippon
Rome, Italy7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Family
We got a short tour by one the brothers. Beautiful but not always open. Probably one of the best preserved church from early mid-age.
Written July 25, 2015
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dapper777
Monaco64,427 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
One evening we found ourselves nearby and slipped inside. It was evening mass and we attended. Lovely and intimate experience.
Piazza Piscinula is a suggestive corner of the Trastevere district. The name brings to mind the presence of the ancient Roman baths with the tubs called "piscinule", precisely. An important historical testimony overlooks the square: the Church of San Benedetto dating back to the Middle Ages.
It is a small church dedicated to St. Benedict of Norcia.
According to legend, the church was built in 543 on the ruins of the house of the Anici family, a noble Roman family to which St. Benedict of Norcia himself would have belonged.
Tradition also says that the Saint had lived among the Anicii during his Roman stay in 470.
The church has the smallest bell tower in Rome, which however, inside, houses the oldest bell in the city dating back to 1069. The interior of the church preserves the original Cosmatesque porphyry and serpentine floor from the 12th century. The liturgical hall it is preceded by an atrium, where commemorative inscriptions of the various renovations and restorations are preserved, as well as the remains of valuable wall paintings dating back to between the 11th and 14th centuries, among which we note, on the left wall, Madonna with Child Jesus enthroned between Saint Peter and Saint Paul (ca. 1320 - 1330). On the left of the atrium, a Cosmatesque door and architrave supported by two cipollino columns leads into the small chapel with the Madonna, also called Madonna della Misericordia (early 15th century), with a trapezoidal plan, and in front of which Saint Benedict used to pray. It is said that it was right in front of the fresco that the saint received the invitation to found the Benedictine order.
On the right of the chapel, you enter the so-called "Cella di San Benedetto", a small, long and narrow room, which according to tradition was the home and place of penance of the young saint.
The interior has an irregular plan with three naves, covered with wooden trusses, divided by eight columns taken from other monuments and re-used, two side altars and, in the back, a semicircular apse.
The conch of the apse contains a damaged fresco of the 16th century, in the Venetian style. It depicts Our Lady, Queen of Heaven with allegorical representations of the Trinity. The figures are flanked by a pair of angels, one with a lute and the other with a triangle (for percussion).
In the apse itself, the contemporary frescoes of two saints on either side are of St Nicholas of Myra on the left, and St Blaise on the right. In the middle of the apse is displayed a mediaeval icon of St Benedict as a young man,
Above this is a 14th century icon of Our Lady, unfortunately damaged, in a shallow niche with egg-and-dart carving on its vertical sides.
In the near corner of the left hand aisle is a fragment of a 14th century fresco depicting St John the Baptist Pointing Out the Lamb of God.
The first altar in this aisle is dedicated to St Rita of Cascia.
The second altar in this aisle is dedicated to St Anselm, and the 19th century altarpiece comes from the art school at San Michele a Ripa.
The altar in the right aisle is dedicated to St Laurence, and has a 19th century altarpiece by Leopoldo Ansiglioni which depicts The Madonna and Child with SS Benedict and Lawrence.
The statue of Our Lady of Fatima on the altar is a focus of special liturgical devotion, and has been blessed by Pope John Paul II.
On the wall to the right of this altar is a fresco of St Benedict dating from the end of the 13th century. It used to be in the vestibule, but was restored and moved to here recently.
On the counter-façade, there is a hanging choir (18th century).
Recommended.
Written January 30, 2024
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dapper777
Monaco64,427 contributions
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May 2020 • Friends
Tradition has it that this church was built in the 'Domus Aniciorum' and that St. Benedict, the founder of western monasticism, belonged to the Anicii noble family.
What is certain is that the church already existed in the 12th century and it is mentioned in some medieval documents.
Probably it is a place where a young St. Benedict stayed for a while, before going off to be a hermit at Subiaco.
The church dates back to the 11th century and underwent renovations in 1481 and 1835. The current façade was built in 1844 by Pietro Campores the Younger.
In 1782 the bishop Giuseppe De Sarrado rededicated his altar in solemn form.
It is preceded by a vestibule which on the left has a chapel, on whose external wall there is a fresco of the XIII century of the Giotto school: the Madonna nursing the Child with St. Peter or St. Paul on the sides. In the chapel, on the left, is the image of the Madonna painted in fresco in the thirteenth century.
The bell tower, which is the smallest in Rome and has the oldest bell dating back to the 11th century, is of the same period.
The interior has three naves divided by four ancient columns on each side, with marble capitals.
Noteworthy is the original Cosmatesque floor which was executed in the early 12th century, which has been conserved rathen than restored.
The title "in Piscinula", which some have transformed by corruption into "Pescivola", probably derives from an ancient fish market that existed in that district.
Behind the high altar there are frescoes from the 14th century and paintings from the Venetian school of the early 16th century like "Our Lady Queen of Heaven" with allegorical representations of the Trinity, and, in a side chapel, the painting "Madonna and Child with SS Benedict and Lawrence".
We have visited this small church in the heart of Trastevere twice.
What struck us most was not necessarily the set of some valuable artistic pieces, but the atmosphere of an intense mysticism and religiosity.
Written June 19, 2020
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Bea H
Leuven, Belgium10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Friends
The entrance to this little Roman church in Trastevere is nothing special. And if it was not for a few touristists who came out of it, we wouldn't have noticed it. But once you're inside ...it really is a little gem. A very old little church with wooden beams and wallpaintings in soft pastels. Though tiny, it still has the structure of a big church.
Written June 1, 2016
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aohphilly
philadelphia42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Couples
We learned about this perfect little church on a Context Travel tour (of the Roman Ghetto--also highly recommended). Its Cosmatesque floors have not been ground down as other church's have, and it is entirely perfect in its imperfection. Tiny, wooden, sparsely decorated, with beautiful shafts of light, it's a holy place of rest and reflection even if you're not religious. It's nestled in and a bit tricky to find--and do check the hours, as it's open even less frequently than other churches. My favorite church in Rome.
Written July 10, 2015
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Rose M
Solingen133 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Couples
One entered into a total small enclosed and yet beautifully adorned chapel. One felt that it is actively used and also that each item has a special meaning and a special place. It's very old, and you can learn about its history from information on the wall....
Written July 6, 2015
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PATO-BETO
San Martin, Argentina19,461 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Touring Rome has those charms. See an old and tiny church and when you enter you are amazed. It was restored in 2007 when parts of some frescoes that are of great beauty were recovered. Medieval walls and the smallest bell tower in the city.
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Written February 18, 2024
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