Jan 7, 2017

Chiesa Santa Maria Maddalena

La chiesa di Santa Maria Maddalena è una delle chiese della Città Eterna, nel rione Colonna, che si affaccia sulla piazza omonima. Rappresenta uno dei pochi e dei più begli esempi dell'arte rococò in Roma.

È la chiesa regionale degli abruzzesi residenti a Roma e la sua origine della chiesa è anteriore alla prima metà dell'VIII secolo.

Presso questa, si dice che fecero sosta alcune monache basiliane profughe da Costantinopoli che portavano con loro il corpo di San Gregorio Nazianzeno e molte reliquie di martiri. La chiesa orientale cattolica è, probabilmente per questo motivo, di rito antiocheno e fu annessa ad un monastero di benedettine fondato intorno al 750 da papa Zaccaria.

Costruita per opera di Giacomo della Porta, Carlo Maderno e Francesco Paparelli, fu trasformata nel 1668-1685, secondo il gusto del tempo, da Giovanni Antonio de Rossi, autore della decorazione architettonica dell'atrio e del cortile antistante, reso illusionisticamente più ampio. Ha una pianta quadrata a croce greca ed una cupola ellittica senza tamburo. La particolarità della chiesa sono le numerose cappelle tutte riccamente decorate.

Sopra l'altare c'è il dipinto di una Madonna del XII secolo da cui prende il nome la chiesa.

Nel 1586 la chiesa, costruita su una cappella del Trecento già proprietà dell'Arciconfraternita del Gonfalone, venne affidata a Camillo de Lellis che ne fece la sede centrale dell'ordine dei Camilliani.

All'ordine e al suo convento fu assegnato l'intero isolato circostante (piazza della Maddalena, via del Collegio Capranica, via delle Colonnelle)

Più informazioni: Chiesa Santa Maria Maddalena







L'interno è complesso: all'unica navata di forma ottagonale allungata, con due cappelle per ogni lato, segue il transetto sottostante la cupola, con a destra il "cappellone" del titolare San Camillo de Lellis, del quale sono custodite le spoglie mortali.






Jan 6, 2017

Visitors

I'm sure the universe is full of intelligent life. It's just been too intelligent to come here” ― Arthur C. Clarke


Jan 5, 2017

Explore, dream, discover

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover” – Mark Twain


Jan 4, 2017

Travel's Sake

 “For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move” – Robert Louis Stevenson

Jan 3, 2017

Jan 2, 2017

Aurelian Walls

Partial view of a little tower of the ancient Aurelian Walls, few meters from my Hotel Montecarlo, line of city walls built between 271 AD and 275 AD, by Emperor Aurelian (215 - 275 AD). The full circuit ran for 19 km (12 miles) enclosing all the Seven Hills of Rome. Have a great start of 2017 to all my blog followers! Best Wishes for Happy New Year to everybody!


Jan 1, 2017

01 January 2017

I wish Happy New Year 2017 to all my blog followers recalling a very important quote by St. Augustine about traveling: "The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page". If you like to discover something more about Rome please find and follow the Facebook page of Hotel Montecarlo Roma


Best Wishes for Happy New Year 2017 to everybody, especially to Mme Laurence from Paris, France

Dec 31, 2016

San Camillo De Lellis

Di nobile famiglia, nato a Bucchianico, nelle vicinanze di Chieti, il 25 maggio 1550, Camillo de Lellis fu soldato di ventura. Persi i suoi averi al gioco, si mise al servizio dei Cappuccini di Manfredonia. Convertitosi ed entrato nell'Ordine, per curare una piaga riapertasi tornò a Roma nell'ospedale di San Giacomo degli Incurabili, dove si dedicò soprattutto ai malati. Si consacrò a Cristo Crocifisso, riprese gli studi al Collegio Romano e, divenuto sacerdote nel 1584, fondò la «Compagnia dei ministri degli infermi». L'ordine dei Camilliani si distinse da altri per lo spirito della sua opera legata alla carità misericordiosa e per l'abito caratterizzato dalla croce rossa di stoffa sul petto. De Lellis pose attenzione unicamente malati, ponendo le basi per la figura dell'infermiere e del cappellano quali li vediamo oggi. Morì a Roma il 14 luglio 1614 e venne canonizzato nel 1746.
(fonte: www.santiebeati.it)


Dec 30, 2016

End of 2016

At the end of 2016 I dedicate this last post to my father, with this picture taken yesterday afternoon, remembering an important quote to me: "A dad is the first a son's first hero"


Dec 29, 2016

Sacro GRA

The GRA or Grande Raccordo Anulare (literally, "Great Ring Junction" and not so literally as the "Great Ring Road") is a toll-free, ring-shaped orbital motorway, 68.2 kilometres (42.4 mi), in circumference that encircles Rome. Its acronym was given after one of its main designers and supporters, Eugenio Gra, chairman of ANAS, the Italian roads Authority, at the time of construction.

The official number among the Italian motorways is A90, but that ia barely known and not found anywhere on road signs. It is widely known by Romans as Il Raccordo ("The Junction"). The road was the subject of the 2013 documentary film Sacro GRA which won the Golden Lion at the 70th Venice International Film Festival - (From Wikipedia)


Dec 28, 2016

Friendship

"Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light" - Helen Keller


Dec 27, 2016

Colosseum at night

Night view of the Colosseum, not far from my Hotel Montecarlo Roma, one of the Seven Wonders of the world and one of the greatest Roman architecture and engineering works, built between 72 AD and 80 AD


Dec 25, 2016

San Camillo de Lellis

Midnight 24 December 2016, Christmas Mass in the Basilica di San Camillo de Lellis, splendid church in the heart of Rome, built between 1906 and 1910

Mezzanotte del 24 Dicembre 2016, Messa di Natale nella Basilica di San Camillo de Lellis, splendida chiesa nel cuore di Roma, costruita tra il 1906 e il 1910

Here interesting links about:
San Camillo de Lellis
Parrocchia San Camillo
Facebook Parrocchia San Camillo

Dec 21, 2016

Vintage Volkswagen show

Nights ago around the Colosseum interesting classic cars show, with nice vintage Volkswagen beetles and van

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Dec 19, 2016

Waiting for Xmas 2016

Some snapshots around lovely spots in Rome, the most beautiful city in the world, waiting for Christmas

THE COLOSSEUM, the greatest symbol of Rome, built between 72 AD and 80 AD by the emperor Vespasian, it could seat 50,000 people, covering around 6 acres of land and 620 feet long, 512 feet wide, and 158 feet tall. It took more than 1.1 million tons of concrete, stone, and bricks to complete the Colosseum. Seating Where people sat in the Colosseum was determined by Roman law. The best seats were reserved for the Senators. Behind them were the equestrians or ranking government officials. A bit higher up sat the ordinary Roman citizens (men) and the soldiers. Finally, at the top of the stadium sat the slaves and the women...

THE ROMAN FORUM, situated in the area between Piazza Venezia and the Colosseum is one of the most important archaeological sites in the world.  Three thousand years ago, this valley between Campidoglio and the Quirinal, which was to become the future social and political centre of one of the greatest empires of ancient times, was submerged in marshland. By an incredible invention of engineering, which was commissioned by the last two Etruscan kings, the so-called Cloaca Maxima, a canal that is still in function to this very day, allowed for the drainage of the land. The area soon began to develop and already at the end of the 7th century BC, it was home to many markets and a hive of social activity. Foro was the name that the Romans gave to the central square of the urban settlement and we must try to imagine this busy, crowded place as the pulsing centre of a modern city. Here the masses would flock to see the meetings of the orators, attend criminal trials and discuss internal politics or the latest military campaigns, or quite simply to comment on the games or running races (an activity that the Romans particularly enjoyed). In the area around the Forum, the city was also home to markets, shops and taverns...



You could also find the typical Termopolia, which were the ancient equivalent of today's fast food restaurants. In short, the Forum was the heart and soul of city life. It was in Caesar's time, when Rome has become the capital of a vast empire, that the Forum became a place for celebrations and in the Imperial era it was the symbol of the Empire. The most incredible panoramic view of the entire Forum complex can be seen from the magnificent terraces of Campidoglio. Here you can observe the imposing ruins of Basilica Emilia, the only remaining Republican basilica, or the Curia, which was once the seat of the Senate. Nearby you will also note three trees, a vine, fig and olive tree, cited by Pliny the Elder, which were replanted in recent times. Starting from the Arch of Septimius Severus, the pathway winds through the most unique place in the world and passes beside the imposing Basilica di Massenzio, one of the most magnificent buildings of Imperial Rome, and ends near the Arch of Titus, where you will get a glimpse of the unmistakable Colosseum. During the Middle Ages, the Forum fell into a state of ruin and was abandoned. Its monuments were often used to build medieval fortifications and at times were even completely dismantled and their materials used elsewhere. In those times, the area was used for cultivation and grazing and it took on the name of 'Campo Vaccino', or 'cattle field'. It was only in the eighteenth century that the Forum was rediscovered and finally the definitive process of the recovery of the ancient ruins began, bringing this long-forgotten and barbarically plundered historic patrimony back to life...

TREVI FOUNTAIN, the most beautiful fountain in the world! This 18th century extravaganza of baroque stonework ruled over by a large statue of Neptune. Visitors come here at night for 20 minutes or so to toss a coin into the fountain, which is said to ensure that you will some day return to Rome...

PIAZZA BARBERINI. Every corner of Rome there is something of amazing to discover like, for example, this splendid square (Piazza Barberini), where in the center there is this wonderful fountain, named Fontana del Tritone (Triton Fountain). Four dolphins raise, with their tails, a conch on which a triton blows a shell-horn. The artist created this work in 1643. It was his first work in a field in which he was to display considerable talent and originality. Up to the end of the eighteenth century, there occurred here something quite macabre. Corpses were exhibited here when the identities of the dead persons were unknown, and the people were asked by an official if they could recognized them...

Dec 13, 2016

December in Rome

Night shooting in the center of Rome during this Christmas festive spirit of the season, using just a pocket camera, Nikon Coolpix A, color way, of course



Dec 7, 2016

Best Photo 2016

All my best pictures taken during this year, 2016. Please don't miss to visit the Facebook page of Hotel Montecarlo Roma, the best stay and best guide for Rome, where every day I post interesting stuff to discover more about this amazing city. Thanks always for your very kind attention and to follow this photo blog! Stay tuned here!