Oratorio di Sant'Andrea a Ponte Milvio, Rome

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  • Low rise over all pretty anonymous but with a long history. Both the statue that the newsstand are there longer working hours, from 1463. The building is surrounded by a small cemetery, cemetery for pilgrims, to the center of the cemetery statue of Saint Andrew.
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  • is a chapel located in the Flaminio district of Rome, on the via Flaminia, just before the road reaches the Milvian Bridge. The Church is surrounded by a small cemetery for foreigners who died in Rome during the pilgrimage in the Holy City, the cemetery remain some masonry gravestones, and an ossuary, whose access is right in the middle of the small garden.
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  • Apparently some sort of "urban damnatio" accompanies the sites dedicated to the memory of the Apostle Andrew (brother of St. Peter), this stretch of the via Flaminia which runs from Porta del Popolo to Ponte Milvio. In fact, both the Church of Sant'Andrea al Flaminio (built by architect "Vignola" near the modern Ponte Risorgimento) that this small oratory (place in the immediate vicinity of the antique Milvian Bridge) are both unfortunately destined to Act as a "roundabout" tram and vehicular traffic. The incessant coming and going of cars from the streets and from lungotevere, the Oratorio is presented to us as a humble country extremely simple shapes and the casaletto distinctive "brick". A closer look--beyond the low wall fencing the adjacent pilgrims ' Cemetery "-" can be glimpsed through the trees, the profile of a newsstand and a statue with the characteristic cross "decussata" (i.e. "X" shaped) similar to that to which-according to tradition popular-the Apostle Andrew was tied at the time of his martyrdom on November 30 of 60 ad. In this very same place-which saw, among other things, the evolution of the decisive battle for the conquest of the Empire of Rome (312 ad) between the armies of Constantine and Maxentius-on Palm Sunday of 1462, Pope Pius II (aka, Enea Silvio Piccolomini) received from the hands of the Byzantine delegate Cardinal Bessarione the relic of the head of the Saint, translated to Rome from the region of Morea for fear that it could fall into the hands of the Turks invaders. Hence, the relic was brought to the Church of Santa Maria del Popolo, adjacent to the Aurelian walls, and later in Saint Peter's Basilica in the Vatican where he found final placement in one of four main pillars that support the drum of Dome. Nowadays, the oratory-a time guarded by the confraternity of Trinità dei Pellegrini-subsidiary of the neighbouring parish of place of worship is s. Croce al Flaminio: Unfortunately the building is accessible within only on the occasion of the celebration of holy mass or--perhaps--agreeing on a visit with the Parish Office. As a curiosity, it should be noted that on one of the exterior walls is a simple cross in memory of the "Jubilee" of 1975 and that-beyond the via Flaminia, at the façade-there are some archaeological, presumably of little relief, uncut ornament wistful flowerbed.
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  • A very small and simple church, dating back to the days when the surroundings were entirely rural. Not often open.
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