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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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  • One of the smallest churches in Rome is located in a side street of Via dei Giubbonari in Largo dei Librari, although small, sandwiched between two ancient palaces, majestic with its rich white stucco decorations, a plaque commemorates its existence since the 11th century. A gem of rare elegance. It is worth visiting. Calls the typical largo de Booksellers, not far from Campo de ' Fiori.
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  • In the path between Campo dei Fiori and San Carlo of Catinari, this tiny church overlooks the Largo dei Librari. A gem of rare elegance. Deserves that tourists rushed there face.
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  • Nestled in the square there is the Church "in miniature"! Behold, the particularity, definitely comes from its being "submeasure" compared to everything else in Rome! And it is "embedded" in the bottom of this small square, with the Windows of the houses attached to the roof and Church crosses. A glimpse.
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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.
  • Amazingly colorful and the paintings are awesome.
  • It is very beautiful
  • Little tiny small but lovely. If it's worth a look--especially if it is open.
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  • Beautiful church from the 11th century and rebuilt in the Baroque, in 1680 with façade by Giuseppe Passeri. Inside, beautiful works of ' 400 and 600.
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For easy foot access to most of the city's main historical sites, consider staying in Rome's old town center. The area is conveniently placed for public transport, only a walk away from the city's main railway station. Accommodations here span all hotels sectors, from cheap hostels to luxury brand names. To avoid the steep prices and overcrowding of the town center, explore the hotels in the inner suburbs of Rome. They offer comfortable rooms and excellent food at a fraction of the price charged by the centrally located hotel chains. Another affordable option is the area around Vatican, which boasts a good selection of family-owned B&Bs.
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