Santa Maria in Campo Marzio, Rome

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Santa Maria della Concezione is a church in Rome, located on Piazza Campo Marzio in the Campo Marzio rione.HistoryThe church and its adjoining monastery traditionally originated in connection with the Iconoclastic controversy within the Byzantine Empire, when some Basilian monks fled from Constantinople to Rome in the 8th century. They brought with them various relics, including the body of Gregory of Nazianzus. They were given a home on the site now occupied by the church, where they founded a monastery with a chapel dedicated to the Virgin Mary and an oratory next to the church to contain Gregory's remains. The earliest reference to the monastery is Regestum Sublacense, a charter of 6 October 937.Between 1562 and 1564 abbess Chiarina Colonna (from the powerful Colonna family) built a new church dedicated to the Virgin Mary behind the ancient chapel and oratory of Saint Gregory, accessible via the convent or from outside it. It had a single nave and a rectangular apse. Saint Gregory's body was translated to the Basilica of St Peter in 1580.In the 17th century the convent was enlarged and re-ordered by Carlo Maderno and Francesco Peparelli, with work completed by 1660. The 16th century church was completely rebuilt according to the wishes of abbess Maria Olimpia Pani, to plans by Giovanni Antonio De Rossi.
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  • I highly recommend you visit this gorgeous church. Rome is filled with beauty, but this one really stands out. I have reviewed so many churches that I am running out of words. Like the others, it is.....  more »
  • we stopped here as this shop window in this Piazza caught our eye, even with all the "men at work". We spent an hour or so here, browsing and then we purchased some peaces of clothing and accessories....  more »
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  • As you can read from the illustrative sign in front of the church: "At the time of the iconoclastic persecution of the 8th century, a group of Basilian nuns who fled Constantinople obtained permission from the pontiff St. Zacharias (741 - 752) to establish in Campo Marzio a monastery with an attached church dedicated to St. Nazareth, where the relic of the saint's body was translated, and an oratory, where the revered image of the "Madonna Advocate" was placed. For this icon, which escaped a terrible fire in 1525 and miraculously found in a well, Michelangelo created a marble tabernacle (lost). Between 1562 and 1564 Chiarina Colonna, the caretaker of the nuns (who by the 9th century had embraced the Benedictine rule), ordered the construction, instead of the ancient oratory, of a new church outside the cloister of the convent that was called St. Mary in Camp Martius ; the building, with a single aisle and with rectangular apse, thus had two entrances: the main one inside the convent and the side one on the Square in Campo Marzio.  During the 17th century, the monastic complex was expanded and modernized with a series of works directed by Carlo Maderno and Francesco Peparelli,  ended after 1660. Later, on the initiative of the caretaker Maria Olimpia Pani, the sixteenth-century church was completely rebuilt by Giovanni Antonio de' Rossi (1681-1695). The facade of the church, overlooking an inner courtyard of the convent, is preceded by a porch; on the Square in Camp Martius, dominated by the  part of the temple, the side entrance opens.  The majestic interior has a Greek cross implant, but dilated in the longitudinal arm; four oculi open in the high drum of the oval dome topped by a lantern. The sober decorative system of the whole, is more intense in the area of the apse. Among the most notable works are: the "Deposition of Christ" by Baccio Ciarpi already in the sixteenth century church (second decade of the seventeenth century), the canvases with "Stories of St. Benedict" by Lazarus Baldi among the masterpieces of the artist (1685-1688), the paintings of Luigi Garzi and the frescoes of Placido Costanzi in the catino of the apse (1730 ca.), on the main altar is placed the table of the "Virgin Advocate" (sec. XII-XIII) ".
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