San Gregorio della Divina Pieta, Rome

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San Gregorio della Divina Pietà is a small church in Rome, Italy, located in Rione Sant'Angelo, near the Great Synagogue of Rome. It is also known as San Gregorio a Ponte Quattro Capi or Pons Judaeorum due to its proximity to the bridge of that name, or San Gregorietto due to its small size.LocationThe church is in the rione Sant'Angelo of Rome at the Piazza Gerusalemme, north of Tiber Island at the north end of the Pons Fabricius (Ponte Quattro Capi) and east of the Great Synagogue of Rome (Tempio Maggiore).History and ArtThe shrine has a very ancient origin, but the first document citing it stems only from the twelfth century.It was built over the houses of the gens Anicia, and later dedicated to Pope St. Gregory the Great because of the tradition that the saint was born here.San Gregorio was declared a parish church and remained so until 1729, although in the 16th century it lost almost all its territory due to the establishment of the nearby Ghetto. In 1729 the rectangular building was restored by Filippo Barigioni on behalf of Pope Benedict XIII, and given to the Congregation of the Operai della Divina Pietà (Workers of the Divine Mercy), founded in 1679 to help families once well off which had fallen into poverty—its modern appellation comes from that. Low on the external north wall is an 18th-century alms slot with an Italian inscription reading "Alms for poor, honorable and ashamed families". A few yards away is another slot inscribed "MEMORIALI", used to give the priests the names of the persons or families in difficulty.
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  • A small church, a chapel, located on the Tiber near the ghetto, before the ancient ponte dei quattro Capi which gives access to the Tiber island. Dating back to eleven hundred, would be built at the homes of the gens Anicia, in the place where he was born, in fact the Pope Gregory I: the 18th-century façade is Barigioni and not imposing, travels to overpower the portal a painting of the crucifixion, in turn surmounted by a second order with a large window with a semicircular tympanum and sides of the roof two stone pinnacles. But the curious element is the tombstone with dual enrollment on the door jamb, written in both Latin and Hebrew languages of the verses of the Prophet Isaiah, scolding the Jews to travel a route (of faith) does not listen, then to correct. In fact during the time of the Papal States until 1870 were held here preaching and Christian functions which the Jews of the nearby ghetto were forced to attend, often with ear wax plugs to escape this forced conversion attempt.
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  • Between the synagogue and the ponte Quattro Capi, also called the Church of Four birds per via del ponte close (Tiber Island), of particular interest are the two holes for alms, one on the right towards the Tiber and the other on the opposite. Is known because it kept the mandatory sermons that were imposed on Jews during the reign.
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  • Not far from the Vatican-Jewish quarter is in itself an interesting place. It is this church, next door to the synagogue, a beautiful, Baroque style, honored local converted Jews to this day.
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  • Hidden treasure of Rome. Perennially closed, indeed barred. Impossible to visit. It is not known who to turn to for an internal visit, even for a fee. Typical Italian and Vatican carelessness. Too bad.
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  • This church, in Piazza Monte Savello, has very ancient origins, and is called St. Gregory of the Divine Pieta (also St. Gregory at the Four Chiefs Bridge), in the eighteenth century it was completely restored. In the subsequent restoration of 1858, the inscription of a passage of the Bible, in Latin and Hebrew, was included in the facade of the church. Here, in fact, the pretensions that were imposed on the Jews during the period of the papal state were held. The facade is presented with a simple line, on two orders. The first stands out an important portal, with two lesenes on the sides, superimposed by the inscription described above and by a large oval fresco representing the Crucifixion of Christ. On the second at the portal there is a large window with balustrade crowning a curved pediment with an Angioletto inside and at the top of which is placed a cross. The interior is presented to a single aisle. Notes: 1) The inscription of the following verse of ISAIA was made to be asked by a Jew who had converted: "I extend my hand all day to a disobedient people, who are beating a way which is not the right." 2) On the right side of the Church there is a particular alms box with the following inscription: ELEMOSIN – FOR – POVERE - ONORATE FAMILY - VERGOGNOS
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  • This church was present since the 12th century. She was assigned to the Congregation of the workers of the Divine Mercy, which aiutabano families falling out of favor. The façade has a fresco of the crucifix by Etienne Parrocel. A marble scroll lists in Greek and Hebrew words of conversion to the Jews living in the ghetto.
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