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Santa Barbara dei Librari, Rome

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Santa Barbara dei Librai is a small Roman Catholic church in Rome, Italy. It was once known as Santa Barbara alla Regola after the rione in which it was located. Today it now considered within the rione of Parione, near the Campo de' Fiori.HistoryGiuseppe Vasi dates the consecration of the church by 1306, although it is probable that a church existed at the site since the 10-11th century. Inscriptions inside claim that the church was established by Giovanni di Crescenzio de Roizo and his wife Rogata, who was a senator of Rome in the second century. In 1600, it was granted to the confraternity of the Bookmakers (bookbinders, publishers, and scribes) or Librari, who titled the church after St Thomas Acquinas and St John of God as patrons.During the papacy of Innocent XI, the church was restored. In 1634, after a fire, the confraternity of book makers bought out adjacent properties. The baroque façade was remade by Giuseppe Passeri. The statue of St Barbara over the door was sculpted by Ambrogio Parisi, and the angel painted on a wall is attributed to Guido Reni. The church has paintings by Luigi Garzi; a fresco of St Saba by Giovanni Battista Brughi, pupil of Baciccio, in the chapel of Specchi; and frescoes by Francesco Ragusa and Domenico Monacelli.
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  • A church that should be a thousand years old in its first construction, now incorporated among the palaces of the Largo de Librari, helps to make this square really pleasant. It is not always open If you liked this review, you can read my others about Rome (and not only) and I'm pleased to click on: Is it useful? And if you want you can follow me... Thank you :)
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  • There are many basilicas, churches, temples, synagogues, and other places of worship that will leave one in awe of their magnificent architecture and spectacular decor. Then, there are tiny wonders li...  more »
  • It is in the parts of Campo de Fiori, it is tiny and wedged between two ancient palaces, and for this it stands out even more. It was built where in the 11th century stood the ancient temple of Pompey.In 1600 it was assigned to the Brotherhood of The Librai who in St. Barbara also joined the name of St. Thomas Aquinas, their patron saint. In 1680 it was rebuilt with baroque forms, and remained so until in 1870, after the dissolution of the Brotherhood, it was abandoned, deconsecrated and used as a storage. In the 90s the restoration brought it back to the conformation desired by the architect G. Passeri in 1860. Inside among the various works stand out some paintings by Luigi Garzi. From 2005 onwards, every December 4th (St. Barbara's feast) the historic crib "Art and Crafts" dating back to 700. It is a small church that stands out in a unique scenic context.
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  • This is a beautiful, historic church in Rome that caters to patrons throughout it's neighborhood community.
  • Like it tired travelling will rested and cooled feel interior has good work better for praying atmosphere all most done walking duration along 1hour spending lot of story hidden in walls awesome feel likewise sit in a beach through talk to god suffering will relaxed
  • In 2015, the church was advertised as being open 9:00 to 12:00 and 16:00 to 18:00, but the "Comunità di Santa Barbara" which runs it does not seem to have any online presence for this to be checked. This charming and interesting little 17th century confraternity church is set well back from the street at the end of a narrow piazza. This is because it started out about a thousand years ago as a chamber under the audience stands of the ancient Theatre of Pompey. The Baroque interior decoration is lush. Sunday Mass was at 19:00 in recent years.
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  • Bookstores Church. Little romantic church. Yesterday we saw a wedding in the church. The bridal couple and follow were subsequently picked up in 4 horse trolleys at Campo dei Fiori.
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