Chiesa di Santa Maria in Aquiro, Rome

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#217 of 522 in Historic Sites in Rome
Santa Maria in Aquiro is a church in Rome, Italy. It is dedicated to Mary, mother of Jesus, and is located on Piazza Capranica.The church is ancient – it was restored by Pope Gregory III in the 8th century, and thus must have existed before then. One theory is that it was the titulus Equitii, though San Martino ai Monti is a more likely candidate. It is also referred to as Santa Maria della Visitazione, notably by Pope Urban VI in 1389. The origins of the name are nebulous; most attribute it to a corruption of the term a Cyro, perhaps referring in early days to a neighborhood resident. According to another theory Acyro refers to a curruption of the Latin word "circus", a stadium for horse racing, which was located in the vicinity. In 1540 Pope Paul III granted the church to the Confraternity of Orphans, and it was restored in 1588.Art and architectureThe most important work of art in the church is a 14th-century painting, in the apse, of the Madonna and Child with St Stephen, attributed to the school of Pietro Cavallini. This painting and the funeral lapidary monuments in the vestibule are from the medieval church of Santo Stefano del Trullo, destroyed during the pontificate of Pope Alexander VII (1655–1667). There are also paintings from the 17th and 18th centuries. The facade was completed by 1774 by Pietro Camporese the Elder, based on designs of Giovanni Francesco Braccioli. The interior was redecorated by Cesare Mariani in 1866.
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  • Santa Maria in Aquiro is a baroque-style Roman Catholic church located in Piazza Capranica, few block away from the Italian Parliament and is dedicated to Mary, mother of Jesus. Rome has so many...  more »
  • Chiesa di Santa Maria in Aquiro is located in Palazzo Montecitorio near Patheon. The church is small but quiet inside. It is dark internally and needs repairs to a certain extent.  more »
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  • Lovey church well preserved - visit at 12pm to hear the loud bells ring out across the square
  • A very nice church with some very nicely executed paintings and a lovely dome with frescos. The dome doesn't seem to be lit so it's hard to see. If you're a Caravaggio lover there are three paintings in that style that are worth seeing.

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