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Chiesa di San Gregorio al Celio, Rome

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  • Press button next to the door is closed the entrance and clean out. Buy the souvenirs they sell lemons in the field next to the monastery in jam, wine, so even good it is.
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  • Gregory the great monastery is a complex of buildings on a quiet hillside not far from the Coliseum. The place is absolutely amazing in its beauty and atmosphere. If "get" in the calendar, you will see the main temple Interior also still and beautiful, free-standing Chapel.
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  • In the 6th century a.d. between the Celio and Palatine, along the route of the ancient Clivus Scauri, Pope Gregory the great, founded a small monastery in memory of Saint Benedict of Nursia, of which he was a devoted follower. The convent was a church dedicated to Saint Andrew, who after the death of Gregory was also dedicated to this Pontiff. This explains the original double name of this ancient place of worship, now known simply as San Gregorio al Celio. Fallen into disrepair throughout the middle ages the Church was restored several times in later centuries, reaching its current appearance. The monumental Baroque façade, designed by Giovanni Battista Soria, rises above a wide staircase. But this is a purely aesthetic artifice, since the facade itself, much more modest, is separated from the primary by a large rectangular cloister, supported by arches and columns. The Interior has 3 naves, divided by columns with Ionic capital huddled at the sides of the mighty pillars. The columns are still in the presbytery, with grooves and gilded stucco decorations. The floor is the original 1300, in cosmatesque style. Really spectacular fresco on the vault, depicting in bright and warm tones on "Triumph of St. Gregory". In a side chapel houses a massive marble Chair, where according to tradition used to gather in prayer the Holy himself. Just to the side of the Church on the left who climbs on the Caelian Hill, there are the so-called "orators", three tiny little churches with sober lines and elegant, painted inside by great Renaissance artists. On the right there is the famous "triclinium": a large marble slab supported by winged figures, perhaps dating back to the first centuries of the Roman Empire, which according to tradition the same Gregory was in the habit of preparing an annual lunch beggars in Rome. The condition is confirmed by an inscription on one side of the entrance portal. The Central church dedicated to Saint Andrew, hosts a large fresco of Domenichino inspired by the martyrdom of the Saint; the one on the left is dedicated to Saint Silvia, mother of Saint Gregory the great. The three buildings probably date to the early Middle Ages, but were thoroughly remodelled in the Baroque period. The constant references to St. Gregorio are not random: this character, belonging to the Gens Anicia, was born in 540 in these places and spent much of his life. Elected Pope in 590 held true to its name (which comes from the Greek and means "awake", "active"): spread Christianity in more distant territories of the former Roman Empire, converting the Lombards, angles, Saxons and other peoples; promoted works of charity for the poor, strengthened the spiritual and temporal power of the Church in those difficult years marked by wars, epidemics, famine, earning the nickname "Magnus" (large). According to tradition he established a liturgical melody that he took the name of "Gregorian chant". The complex of San Gregorio is easily reached on foot from the nearby Colosseum, both from the Circus Maximus, along the street of the same name from one side or the other. You can also get there from the top of the Caelian Hill, along the narrow and picturesque Clivus Scauri (which still retains the name it had in antiquity). The Church should normally remain open in the morning and in the afternoon, but sometimes you find it closed without knowing why; try playing in the rectory, but it is not certain that you open. Frequently there are celebrated marriages, especially after lent.
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  • See it when you're in the neighborhood of the Colosseum!
  • The Church is part of a larger complex Church-convent. The monastery is currently managed by the missionaries of charity of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, who have the registered office.
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  • Great accommodation a few steps from Colosseum, beautiful location, rooms clean and comfortable! Very hospitable!
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  • Beautiful and then the Carmelites give that little bit more
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  • When I found myself at the Centre of the chapel on the aisle, absorbed in contemplation of the ceiling of the vault, I lost my breath in wonder and amazement at the same time feeling and recollection. Without words
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