Chiesa di Santa Maria dell'Orazione e Morte

Chiesa di Santa Maria dell'Orazione e Morte

Chiesa di Santa Maria dell'Orazione e Morte
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dapper777
Monaco32,703 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Friends
It is an imposing ,striking church located in a beautiful elegant street, via Giulia, near the Arco Farnese, with a slightly macabre note.
In fact, the church was intended to collect the bodies of the nameless dead found in the countryside or drowned in the Tiber, and provide them with a Christian burial.
The current church was built in 1733-1737 and it replaced a previous one which was much smaller.
The brotherhood of the Deads had a small graveyard behind the church, it was decorated with bones similar to the ossuary of Chiesa dei Cappuccini.
The 'Congregazione of S. Maria dell'Orazione e Morte', the brotherhood in charge of burying the abandoned dead, requested architect Ferdinando Fuga to place winged skulls with laurel wreaths on the façade.
We had visited that church some time ago but very quickly, the nuns were closing it that evening.
We knew that the church and the crypt had been closed for some time for major restoration works.
The other day we were just around and we just wanted to see if it was open, in order to update our photo file.
There was a large sign posted on the door that said the church was closed for restoration and visits were not allowed.
We hope that in the near future this beautiful church, unknown to the Romans themselves, can be reopened to the public.
Written July 28, 2020
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MonikafromSurrey
Surrey, England2,310 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Couples
We stopped here with a guided tour late one evening. The theme of death is obvious in this church dedicated to St Mary of Prayer and Death. Centuries ago a special order of monks used to collect the bodies of the unknown dead and give them a simple burial. The facade of the building is decorated with stone winged skulls. Worth coming down Via Gulia to have a quick look.
Written April 24, 2017
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SoCalOregonian
Murrieta, CA10,390 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
When we visited in April, the church was still closed for restoration. The exterior of the church is unlike any I have seen with carved images of skulls and winged skeletons adorning plaques on the front of the building. This church from 1570s was devoted to providing proper burials for unclaimed corpses. It is well worth stopping to visit just for the exterior alone.
Written October 12, 2019
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SuperTed19
Madison, WI764 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
There are not massive statues.
There are not dozens of paintings by top artists.
There is not gold paint on everything.

That may explain why there are not tourists here.

Make it a point to visit. It’s not far from the “cool” places, and it won’t take much of your time. As a reward, you are likely to come away with a better understanding of what many of the smaller churches were/are doing for poor people. I certainly did.
Written June 5, 2019
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SoCalOregonian
Murrieta, CA10,390 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
This church is located along Via Giulia, next to the Farnese Arch and is rather macabre. Around the entry portal are two laurelled skulls and above is a carving of “time flying” and a plaque with the inscription (loosely translated) “today me, tomorrow you”
Our tour guide said that the church does not have regular open hours so finding it open is a challenge. Inside it is room decorated with human bones, it was the brother’s responsibility to collect and bury abandoned corpses.
Written June 24, 2018
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MoniUsa
New York164 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018
This is a very unique place to get to know the philosophy behind the habit that in the 1700's the Dominican monks had on decorating churches with human bones. It has been under restoration for a lot of years. I think they reopened again and if you can I think you should go and take a look at it.
An other similar place is Via Veneto, The Crypts of the Dominican Monks.
Written March 20, 2018
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chriskour
Paleo Faliro, Greece354 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Solo
It was my intention to visit its inside but I was very disappointed that unfortunately it's closed down for restoration. However, don't avoid it as the facade is still very interesting with the winged skulls looming over and the walk in Via Giulia is still a very nice stroll.
Written August 18, 2017
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Evets54
Southampton, UK279 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Couples
This church was built in the late 16th century to collect the bodies of unknown dead and give them a Christian burial. Although closed you can see see the pair of winged shills each side of the main doorway which are rather glorious albeit spooky.
Written October 2, 2016
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