Complesso monumentale di San Michele a Ripa - Ex Casa di Correzione di Carlo Fontana, Rome

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The Ospizio di San Michele a Ripa Grande or Ospizio Apostolico di San Michele in Rome is represented today by a series of buildings in the south end of the Rione Trastevere, facing the Tiber River and extending from the bank of Ponte Sublicio for nearly 500 meters. It stands across the river from the Rione Ripa and the area known as the Porto di Ripetta, once in the Aventine neighborhood of Rome. The Porto di Ripa Grande was the river port that served those coming up from the Mediterranean port of Ostia. This area was once a main port of Rome. While large seafaring ships could not forge easily up the Tiber river to Rome; smaller boats frequently brought supplies from the coast to the city and offloaded at the Porta.HistoryThe buildings of the Ospizio di San Michele were built during the 17th and 18th centuries and served a number of purposes including an orphanage, a hospice for abandoned elderly, and jails for minors and women. In 1679, a nephew of the new Pope Innocent XI (reigned 1676 -1689), Monsignor Carlo Tommaso Odescalchi commissioned architect Mattia de Rossi to design, and within five years had built an hospice to house and train orphan children to manufacture of woven carpets and tapestries. To this building were added in 1693, the Ospizio dei Poveri Inabilito (disabled poor), and in 1709, Pope Clement XI commissioned the architect Carlo Fontana to extend the complex even further and transferred the elderly residents here from the Ospedale dei Mendicanti, located in the Via Giulia. Later additions to the building were the prison for minors and an art school. In 1735, Pope Clement XII commissioned architect Ferdinando Fuga to design a woman’s prison and a barracks for customs officers.
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  • If you look from lungotevere Testaccio appears in all its grandeur, occupying most of the area where the port of Ripa Grande (has a 334 meters long x 80 metres wide), we are at the limit of Trastevere beside Porta Portese. The Hospice apostolico born thanks to the initiative of monsignor Odescalchi in the late seventeenth century, to accommodate children abandoned, also housed a hospice, a prison minoriile, a wool mill and artisan shops and today is home to the mystery of tourism and entertainment. It should be noted that the art school and the tapestry workshop, dubbed the Pope's ALBANI last name who founded tapestry, will acquire great fame for its production of tapestries that will remain active until 1910. Hosts many cultural events, exhibitions. Very troubled and long about 150 years was the definition of the complex which is largely due to the design of architect Carlo Fontana. To give some idea that in this case the term monumental is not out of place, I want to mention that the Fountain over decades created: the Conservatory, the Conservatory of old, the barracks of the Customs officers, the Church of our Lady of good trip, the great Church, the monumental fountain in the courtyard, the Conservatory of Spinsters and, at his death, was completed on schedule on Ripa Grande.
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  • Beautiful view! Important place and immaculately maintained. The Guide has been satisfactory and we found another place of historic Rome. It is worth visiting the juvenile prisons associate.
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