Chiesa di Sant'Onofrio al Gianicolo, Rome

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Sant'Onofrio al Gianicolo is a titular church in Trastevere, Rome. It is the official church of the papal order of knighthood Order of the Holy Sepulchre. A side chapel is dedicated specifically to the Order and a former grand master, Nicola Canali is entombed there.The church contains memorials of Torquato Tasso, the author of Gerusalemme Liberata, the epic poem that retells the deeds of the crusaders who fought to regain possession of the Holy Sepulchre itself. After wandering all over Italy, the poet requested and obtained shelter at the monastery of Sant’Onofrio and spent the last years of his life there.It was built in 1439 on the site of an ancient hermitage, as part of a cloistered monastery of the Hieronymites that existed here from the 15th-16th century. Behind the Renaissance portico are three lunettes by Domenichino, painted in 1605, commemorating the hermits who lived here and depicting scenes from the life of St Jerome. The church also contains The Madonna of Loreto by Agostino Carracci (his only work in a church in Rome) and frescoes of Scenes from the Life of Mary, attributed to Baldassare Peruzzi.
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  • During the days of the FAI we had the opportunity to visit, on the Gianicolo, the church of San Onofrio that in addition to being an oase of peace, in a particularly chaotic place (we are very close to the hospital of Bambin Jesus'), allowed us to appreciate the beautiful church and the simple forms of the 15th century porch and cloister. The porch is decorated with interesting Domenichino frescoes depicting scenes from the saint's life. In the adjacent monastery where Torquato Tasso died there is a small museum dedicated to him (Normally not open to the public).
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  • The Church of Sanfornorio (Chiesa di Sant'Onofrio al Gianicolo) is a church in front of the bus stop where we stopped on the way to Janicolo Hill by the first bus from Paola Bus Station. The brick bell tower looked beautiful even from the bus.
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  • The Church and the convent of St. Onofrio is a jewel of art and history that dates back to 1439 with the chapel of the Saint incorporated into the church. A beautiful grass churchyard with fountain welcomes the visitor to this place of spirituality but the best is in the church with frescoes of Pinturicchio, Domenichino and Antoniozzo Romano, among others. And then the tomb and the memorial of Torquato Tasso. Today the seat of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre perhaps in honor of the liberated Jerusalem of the Badger. Beautiful and collected also the adjacent cloister of the 1600s.
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  • A lovely calm and meditative space away from the bustle of Rome. Both the garden and the cloister are very lovely. Tasso was cared for by the monks here, and is buried inside the church.
  • Open everyday except on Saturdays, from 9.00 to 13.00 and 15.00 to 18.00
  • An overlooked venue with a great calm terrace
  • Outstanding frescoes by Antoniazzo Romano, Baldassarre Peruzzi, Pinturrichio, Domenichino, Giovanni Battista Ricci and Giuseppe Cesari -il Cavaliere d'Arpino. Well worth a visit to this gem tucked away on a hilltop overlooking the Tiber. Open in the morning until 13:00 (except on Saturday), plan a trip and enjoy also the picturesque cloister.
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