Chiesa Santa Maria in Portico in Campitelli, Rome

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Santa Maria in Campitelli or Santa Maria in Portico is a church dedicated to the Virgin Mary on the Piazza di Campitelli in Rione Sant'Angelo, Rome, Italy.
The church contains a 25 cm-high icon of the Virgin Mary dated by style and dendrochronology to the 11th century, though it had previously been claimed by tradition to have appeared miraculously in 524 at the table of Galla, a Roman woman who was helping the poor, and then carried in processions since 590. It was previously housed in the now-demolished Oratory of Santa Gala, sited at what is now the piazza's far end near the Porticus Octaviae (giving the church and icon its name of "Madonna of the Portico").
The icon was believed to have saved the city from plague in 1656 (or 1658), when it was carried in procession through the streets. On account of this, the earlier church on this site was replaced by Pope Alexander VII between 1659 and 1667 with the present one, designed by Carlo Rainaldi in the high Baroque style. The pope entrusted its operation to the Clerics Regular of the Mother of God.
The present church has a travertine façade with large columns against (but not attached to) it, thus giving it strong vertical lines. The original design included statues which were however never executed.
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  • Looking at the view from the rooftop cafe of the Capitorino Museum, I thought that the cupola of Santa Maria Inn Portico Inn Campitelli Church was unusual for total rubble. How do you stop the tiles in the parts that are close to the vertical? The cupola in the back is the Church of Santisima Trinita dei Pellegrini, and the green in the background is around Faro di Roma on Janikoro Hill.
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  • When wandering through the city of Rome, you can find the church everywhere, they are so beautiful and breathtaking that you will not resist and enter.
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  • We came here for a wedding of an Italian friend, otherwise we would probably never have come to this place. What a lovely church! There are many in Rome, but this one is a real treat. It is beautiful ...  more »
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  • Very cool part of rome not a lot of people notice
  • Amazing. Incredible artwork and architecture. Do not miss it. Also, it's free!
  • Very beautiful. If you are after icons then it is a must stop.
  • Church in Rome. One beauty. Very nice.
  • I walk near this church and I saw beautiful oltar from the street. I walk in and have a few minute rest and peace there. Great beautiful holly place😊
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