Chiesa di Sant'Angelo in Pescheria, Rome

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Sant'Angelo in Pescheria or in Piscaria is a church in Rome. It dates from the 8th century. "In Pescheria" refers to its location close to the fish market built in the ruins of the ancient Porticus Octaviae.The relics of St. Symphorosa and her seven sons were transferred to the Church of Sant'Angelo in Pescheria at Rome by Pope Stephen II in 752. A sarcophagus was found here in 1610, bearing the inscription: Hic requiescunt corpora SS. Martyrum Simforosae, viri sui Zotici (Getulii) et Filiorum ejus a Stephano Papa translata. This inscription refers to Saint Getulius and Saint Symphorosa, purported to be husband and wife, who had seven sons, who were also martyred. The remains of these saints were transferred to Sant'Angelo by Pope Stephen II in 752.The revolutionary "tribune" Cola di Rienzo was born near Sant'Angelo. He launched his effort to seize control of Rome from the vicinity of the church in 1347.The Roman Ghetto was established nearby in the rione Sant'Angelo in 1555 by order of Pope Paul V. The Ghetto was abolished in 1870 after the reunification of Italy or Risorgimento, and the Ghetto wall was demolished in 1888. The rione Sant'Angelo, Rome, numbered as XI, is named for the church.
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  • This is a part of the visit of Teatro di Marcello, but please do not lose your time in this church... just a selfie or a quick photo and "checked" keep walking  more »
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  • I am native from Rome but have lived in the States since 2005. When I think of going back "home" my heart goes back to this little church which is not only a masterpiece of art but it's filled with the power and grace of the Holy Spirit. I highly recommend to visit it especially on Wednesday and Saturday after 5:30pm when they hold a special healing Mass and worship service.
  • The church is normally only open for liturgical activities. On Saturday at 17:30 there is charismatic prayer and Mass, and on Wednesday at 18:00 there is Exposition and Mass. On every third Monday of the month there is prayer and Mass for sick people. Those Roman Catholic visitors who perhaps are unfamiliar with the practice of charismatic prayer need to familiarise themselves with what it entails before attending a liturgy here. The church is closed in August. The church fabric is mostly 16th century, but the foundation is much older. The interior has some interesting features. The front door is rarely open. For access from the Via del Portico dell'Ottavia, look for a little gateway in a mediaeval house immediately to the left of the portico. This passes through to the Via Sant'Angelo in Pescheria, a dead-end street, and the usual entrance to the church is on the right.

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