Chiesa di Sant'Ivo dei Bretoni, Rome

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Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Church
The Church of Saint Ivo of the Bretons is a Roman Catholic church dedicated to Saint Ivo of Kermartin, patron of Brittany. It is one of the national churches in Rome dedicated to Brittany.
Pope Callixtus III (1455-1458) gave the church of St. Andrea de Mortarariis to the Breton community in Rome. It became a center for assistance to Breton pilgrims. The church was pulled down and rebuilt in 1878 by Luca Carimini in Neo-Renaissance style.
The hypothesis that the elements of the ancient church walls have been retained in the new construction, which consists of buildings and the new church, is founded. The maintenance of the old apse, would coincide with the current chapel of the Blessed Virgin (Santa Vergine). Some considerations in support of this hypothesis relate to the form of the new church. The persistence of the masonry structure of the apse, with its proportions, would have affected the plan and the elevation development. The 90 ° rotation of the axis of the church (necessary for obtaining a building of smaller dimensions in the same lot), would have required the construction of a symmetric chapel, equally great.
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  • This lovely church was built towards the end of the fifteenth century to replace an older one dedicated to St.Andrew of the 'Mortarariis', or 'Marmorariis', whose oldest testimony is a decree of Pope....  more »
  • Walking up the Via di Ripetta we saw this small church with the Brittany flag on it, it was Chiesa di Sant'Ivo dei Bretoni or Saint Yves des Bretons in French as was written on the door. The facade.....  more »
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