Chiesa di Sant'Agata dei Goti, Rome

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Sant'Agata dei Goti is a church in Rome, Italy, dedicated to the martyr Saint Agatha. It is the diaconia assigned to Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke, patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.HistoryThe church was built by Ricimer for the Goths c. 460. The Goths were Arians, so when Arianism was suppressed in Rome, the building was taken over by the Catholic Church, in 592 or 593, and reconsecrated by Pope Gregory the Great. It was restored in the 9th century, and a Benedictine monastery was founded next to it. The apse of the church collapsed in 1589, and it was partially rebuilt in 1633, without major changes to the building itself apart from the new apse. The small courtyard outside the church was laid out at this time.The church has been served by the Stigmatines since 1926. Their generalate is adjacent to it. It is the only Arian church that has been preserved in Rome.ExteriorThe façade was rebuilt by Francesco Ferrari in 1729. The relief above the door shows St. Agatha holding her severed breast on a plate; her torturers severed her breasts when she refused to renounce her faith in Christ.The entrance from Via Mazzarino opens on a 17th-century courtyard. From 1836 to 1926, it belonged to the Irish College. Cardinal Paul Cullen, a former Rector of the Irish College, modelled the church of the Holy Cross College in Clonliffe in Dublin on the plans of St Agatha's. The Romanesque campanile was built in the 12th century.
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  • Founded in the 5th century and practically remade in the first half of the sixteenth century is probably among the least visited churches in Rome. It deserves a stop (we are in the Monti ward) for its beautiful cosmatesco food and for the interesting frescoes of the apse. You'll almost certainly find yourself alone inside. A cyclostyle (in several languages) with historical artistic news of the place is available to visitors.
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  • In my opinion, this church is one of the most beautiful in Rome. She gets a little bit hidden, it's worth meeting her. It's all restored and it's hard to highlight just one aspect. The main Altar is stunning! The beautiful side chapels. The ceiling and the heavenly stained glass. The beautiful floor. In addition there is the restored organ. In this church are celebrated masses in Portuguese and performed musical concerts with the organ.
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  • Very nice church in the Monti area which is accessed by means of some stairs that introduce to a beautiful porch and the front door. The interior is simple, but special mention goes to the part of the abjes and the altar.
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  • Nice church. But I couldn't find Daniel O'Connells heart. What have they done with it? Disappointing! 3/5.
  • Brilliant. The statues of the apostles were spectacular and well worth the visit alone.
  • Small and beautiful
  • This is a very old and interesting church, perhaps 4th century and is a hidden gem. Unfortunately, access arrangements have been uncertain and unreliable in recent years. In 2017, one unofficial source had: Weekdays 7:00 to 9:00, 16:00 to 19:00; Sundays 9:00 to 12:00, 16:00 to 18:00. The church is surrounded on all sides by taller buildings, except to the east, and so is not easy to find. The processional entrance on Via Mazzarino is rarely to be found open, so use the side entrance on Via Panisperna. This is up a little passageway. The uncertain opening hours, plus the discreet location, may mean that you have the church entirely to yourself. The best view from the street is of the apse, from the Via dei Serpenti. It is on the other side of a car park, the gates of which are usually open during working hours so you can examine the palaeochristian wall fabric at close quarters.
  • A hidden surprise in the heart of Rome. The Church attached to an old convent door upon himself the centuries of history. Now is hidden between the buildings, almost merges with them. Walk through the door of the main entrance and in a moment you will find yourself projected into another dimension. Leave behind the noise of cars whizzing by on the cobblestones of via Panisperna and enter a quiet cloister. A few stairs to go down in history, cross the courtyard and in front of the door of the Church of Sant'Agata dei Goti. As soon as you walk in you remains silent in front of the simple beauty of this church. Old, simple, yet full of emotions. The brothers of the sacred stigmata which support the convent and Church are friendly and discreet. If you ask politely crossed them some news, they will be happy to provide information about the history of the monastery and the Church. Enjoy this place quietly, recharge your soul and after a few moments exits back into the heart of the eternal city and try some other hidden place where excite you again, this is Rome!
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