Oratorio di San Francesco Saverio del Caravita, Rome

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The Oratory of San Francesco Saverio del Caravita is a 17th-century baroque oratory in Rome, near the Church of Sant’Ignazio in rione Pigna. It is home to the Caravita Community, an international English-language Catholic community in Rome.HistorySan Nicola de ForbitoribusThe current oratory is built over the ruins of the late twelfth century Church of San Nicola de Forbitoribus. The earliest reference to San Nicola is in the Ordo of Cencius Camerarius of 1192.“Forbitoribus” apparently refers to the Confraternity of the “Forbiciai” – the ‘scissors-makers’ and manufacturers of knives. It was a common practice in the 12th century for churches to be sponsored by specific guilds or artisans’ associations, such as Saint Benedict of the Kettle-Makers (de Caccabis), Saint Mary of the Blacksmiths (de Ferraris), Saint Nicholas of the Lime Burners (Calcarariorum), Saint Nicholas of the Rope Makers (Funariorum).The Church of San Nicola is referenced in a bull of Pope Urban V (1362-1370). On 1 September 1405, the church and bell tower were struck by lightning and suffered considerable damage.On 14 September 1551, Pope Julius II entrusted the Church to the Camaldolese monks, who established a monastery adjacent to the church dedicated to Saint Anthony of Egypt.By 1631, the Society of Jesus had established itself next door with the Collegio Romano, and sought to expand nearby to accommodate the active Sodalities and Lay Congregations regularly meeting in the College. The Jesuits acquired the property from the Camaldolese in exchange for a site near Piazza Venezia. The Camaldolese relocated to San Romualdo, and the Jesuits set about demolishing the older church and monastery in favor of a new oratory.
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  • Each is ornate and distinctly different. It is just a pleasure to sit and enjoy the athmosphere for awhile. Take your time to see all the details.  more »
  • Watched Vivaldi’s Four Seasons performed by Opera e Lirica here. Was given a flyer while passing by and thought, “when in Rome....!” Really lovely evening, beautiful church and gorgeous concert. Not.....  more »
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  • We went to Mass there, great feeling to be part of it. Amazing Murals and architecture.
  • Beautiful church and La Grande Opera E Balletto concert was pretty good. The two dancers were lovely but a bit irrelevant.

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