Chiesa San Giuseppe dei Falegnami al Foro Romano, Rome

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San Giuseppe dei Falegnami is a Roman Catholic church, located in the Forum in Rome, Italy.In 1540, the Congregation of the Carpenters had leased the former church of San Pietro in Carcere which was located over the Mamertine Prison, which by legend had held Saint Peter and Saint Paul. By 1597 work began on the new church, dedicated to the patron saint of Carpenters, St. Joseph. The initial architect was Giacomo della Porta. Work continued after 1602 under the direction of Giovanni Battista Montano, who designed the facade and at his death by his pupil Giovanni Battista Soria. The church was completed in 1663 by Antonio Del Grande. The church was restored in 1886 with the construction of a new apse.In the 1930s, the facade was raised above the floor to allow direct access to the prison below. The interior has a nave with two side chapels, they were decorated in the nineteenth century. Among the paintings is a Nativity by Carlo Maratta. Next to the church is an oratory, with a wooden ceiling, and the 16th century Chapel of the Crucifix, placed between the church floor and the ceiling below the Mamertine Prison.On 18 February 2012 it became a titular church receiving its first Cardinal-Deacon.
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  • Roof collapsed in August 2018. Being restored. Interesting story but all info. materials are in Italian.  more »
  • San Giuseppe dei Falegnami al Foro Romano (St. Joseph of the Carpenters) is one of those amazing Roman churches so singular that it is worth visiting. Its location is unique because it was built...  more »

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