Chiesa di Santa Maria dell'Orto, Rome

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Santa Maria dell'Orto is a Roman Catholic church in the Rione of Trastevere in Rome (Italy). It is the national church of Japan in Rome.HistoryThe church rises in the middle of the area that, since about 508 BC, was called Prata Mutia . This refers to the plot of land where the Etruscan king Porsena had set his encampment, and that later the Roman Senate donated to Mucius Scaevola as a sign of gratitude of Rome for his heroic act. The origins of the church are associated to a miracle, that is supposed to have happened circa 1488. A sick farmer, afflicted with a serious palsy according to oral history, was healed after praying a picture of the Virgin Mary painted close to the entrance to his own market garden. The event led to popular worship for the picture, and subsequently a small votive chapel was erected, soon followed by a greater church, funded by 12 professional associations . In 1492 Pope Alexander VI allowed the establishment of a confraternity and in 1588 Pope Sixtus V declared it "Archconfraternity" and bestowed on it the rare privilege to ask once a year – during the titular feast – the pardon of a man condemned to death. During the 1825 Jubilee, as attested by Gaetano Moroni in his Dictionary of historic-ecclesiastical erudition, it was eventually honored with the title of Venerable.
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  • The kind of church, if you are blessed, you stumble across and leave in awe. This modest outside is deceiving to what you find when you open the doors, maybe like our hearts when we open then. It...  more »
  • It is told that the origins of the church are associated with a miracle that is supposed to have happened around 1488. A sick farmer, afflicted with a serious palsy, was healed after praying to an...  more »
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  • Amazing, make sure you look at vault ceilings through mirror provided. Surreal experience
  • A Renaissance and Baroque church from 15th century. A Roman catholic located in Rione Trastevere and National church of Japan in Rome. Sumptuous and unique church of the workers in Trastevere. It is rich in paintings and marbles. The monumental organ from XVIII century donated by Molinari family.

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