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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 restored baroque chapel, built into the ruins of the teatro Pompeii and a special Summer outdoor restaurant serving fried cod fish. Always full of locals.  more »
  • So small but so beautiful. Calm and rich with treasure from great art to a wonderful tableau of the street conjured up in tiny and perfect scale. A place for contemplation and quiet pleasure. Music ad...  more »
  • If you are on a short trip i can understand it is hard to explore hidden gems of Rome. But if you find this small church do enter in. Its beauty is magnificent.  more »
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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.
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  • 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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