Santuario della Madonna dell'Archetto

Santuario della Madonna dell'Archetto, Rome

Santuario della Madonna dell'Archetto

Santuario della Madonna dell'Archetto
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The area
Neighbourhood: Trevi
A non-stop photo and souvenir opportunity, Trevi is all about action. From early morning through the wee hours, the piazza surrounding Trevi Fountain hosts a never-ending flow of tourists hoping to make a wish or take a selfie. Clever restaurants, charming gelaterias, uncanny bars, kitsch shops, and a range of hotels make up the local landscape. Beneath the bustle are the remains of an ancient neighbourhood that you can visit by heading over to a repertoire cinema and asking for a peek underground. There is something for everyone, but if peace and quiet are what you seek, plan to visit in the early morning hours.
How to get there
  • Barberini - Fontana di Trevi • 10 min walk
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21 reviews
Very good

Monaco31,938 contributions
Jul 2020
It is considered the smallest church in Rome.
Located at the end of a narrow alley, it was built in 1851 and its construction is linked to a miraculous event.
Traditions says that in 1796 an image on a big maiolica tile of the Virgin Mary painted in 1690 by Domenico Maria Muratori, a Caracci pupil, under an arch in a very narrow lane behind Palazzo Muti, moved her eyes
and cried during the French invasion of 1796.
The icon had been commissioned by a Roman noblewoman, who lived at the palace in the neighborhood, near the narrow alleyway ('Vicolo dell'Archetto' in Italian), between Via San Marcello and via dell'Archetto, in the Trevi district.
From that moment on, the image became an object of veneration and great devotion.
It was placed in a small aedicule on the site, under the arch of the alley, to be honored.
It was replaced in 1859 by a church, designed by Virginio Vespignani, in a purist Neo-Classical style.
The sponsors, the Savorelli Papazzurri family, the descendants of the original patron of the icon, wanted to build the small place of worship.
The solemn inauguration took place on May 31, 1851, as the plaque above the entrance recalls.
It is not a chapel it is a "real' devotional church, a gem of neo-classical architecture, rich in precious marbles.
The interior has a Latin cross shape with a gilded stucco coffered ceiling and dome.
On the altar is the image of "Maria Santissima Causa Nostrae Letitiae" ( which means " Hail Mary, origin of our Joy") enclosed in a gilded wooden frame.
Written 10 July 2020
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates444 contributions
True Hiddnen Gem
May 2018 • Solo
I stumbled across this little church while I was having dinner nearby. IT was closed when I went but could still see through the glass doors. It seemed so serene and humble and cosy. It rather quiet too so great for a small genuine prayer from the heart. You got to look for it as it doesn't really scream out to you and there is a long walkway to get to it but the sign outside leads the way.
Written 20 May 2018
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK608,202 contributions
Stunning little church.
May 2017 • Friends
SANTUARIO CAPPELLA DELLA MADONNA DELL' ARCHETTO is a lovely little church that we chanced upon as we were searching for the wonderful restaurant and bar L'Antica Birreria Peroni .
The church is superb but it's amazingly small but it's just so beautiful.
This church has the image of the Madonna which can be viewed down a narrow alleyway .
Very easy to locate in Via San Marcello in the Trevi neighbourhood.
Written 1 June 2017
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