Chiesa di San Giovanni in Oleo, Rome

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  • The small church of St. John in Oleo, is located in the 19th ward (Celio), in Via Latina, near the evocative Travertine Gate of the Aurelian walls, with the two circular brick towers on the sides. The church is octagonal in shape and is from the sixteenth century and is present in Renaissance style, at the eight corners has simple lesene with capitals, which support a particular dome with a cylindrical drum with floral ornaments and then a conical dome with at the apex a composition with pot-like palm leaves that contain large lilies topped with an iron cross. On the framed portal, present on the side of Porta Latina, there is both a plaque and a large papal coat of arms in honor of Pope Alexander VII Chigi (in whose pontificate a restoration was carried out). Unfortunately being closed I was not able to visit the interior. Note: Tradition indicates that this was the place, where it was tried to martyr St. John, immersing him in boiling oil, from which he miraculously saved himself and was then sent into exile (dying there at almost 100 years old). In fact, for this event there is the dedication of the church "St. John in Oleo" which means St. John in oil. NOTE STEMMA OF CHIGI: A mountain of 6 golden peaks, accompanied by an eight-ray star.
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