Rome’s Church of Santa Maria Maddelena near the Pantheon

Santa Maria Maddalena in Rome

A detail from the façade of S. Maria Maddalena

A detail from the façade of S. Maria Maddalena (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Saint Camillus de Lellis' portrait

English: Saint Camillus de Lellis’ portrait (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Since 1403, there has been a church dedicated to St. Mary Magdalene at this site. Rome’s existing church of Santa Maria Maddalena was completed in 1698 by Guilio Carlo Quadri.

Church of the Maddalena, Rome. Facade by Giuse...

Church of the Maddalena, Rome. Facade by Giuseppe Sardi. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Interior, Santa Maria Maddalena, Rome

Image via Wikipedia

Mary Magdalene is considered by the Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican, and Lutheran churches to be a saint. She was from the town of Magdala, on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee. Her feast day is July 22nd.

Santa Maria Maddalena in Rome

Santa Maria Maddalena in Rome

The rococo concave facade was designed by Giuseppe Sardi and has two orders.

Italiano: Chiesa di Santa Maria Maddelena (Rom...

Image via Wikipedia

The 16th century icon on the altar is “Our Lady, Health of the Sick”.

The cupola was frescoed by Etienne Parrocel and depict the “Most Holy Trinity in Glory” with Saints Mary Magdalene, Camillus and Philip Neri.

the Dome, Santa Maria Maddalena, Rome

Image via Wikipedia

Michelangelo Cerruti’s frescoes in the vault depict episodes in the life of St. Mary Magdalene.

The painting on the altar is “St. Francis de Paola Raises a Dead Child” by Biagio Puccini (1720).

On the facade of the church, the lower left niche has Saint Philip Neri and the right niche contains a statue of Saint Camillus de lellis. Both statues were done by Paolo Campana.

The second order has a window in the center with a red cross, this is the symbol of the Camillians. In the left niche, there is a statue of St. Mary Magdalene and in the right niche, there is a statue of Saint Martha. These statues were done by Joseph Canard.

Saint Camillus lived in the adjoining monastery and died on July 14, 1614. The reliquary on the altar’s left has the saint’s heart.

Saint Camillus de Lellis

Image via Wikipedia

The church has an extraordinary 18th century organ loft. The gilded carved wood depicts angela and allegorical figures in contrasting stucco. Charity is on the left, Hope sits on the balustrade, faith and Religion are on the upper level.

Saint Camillus de Lellis

Image via Wikipedia

Organ Loft of Santa Maria Maddalena in Rome

Organ, Santa Maria Maddalena, Rome

Image via Wikipedia

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

Enhanced by Zemanta
Advertisements

5 Comments

Filed under Churches in Italy, Churches in Rome

5 responses to “Rome’s Church of Santa Maria Maddelena near the Pantheon

  1. Pingback: How to Decipher the Eternal City of Rome | Vino Con Vista Italy Travel Guides and Events

  2. Pingback: My Glorious Vino Con Vista Weekend in Rome: Non Basta una Vita | Vino Con Vista Italy Travel Guides and Events

  3. Pingback: The Church of Santa Maria in Aracoeli in Rome Italy | Vino Con Vista Italy Travel Guides and Events

  4. Pingback: The Church of Santa Maria in Vallicella is also called the Chiesa Nuova in Rome Italy | Vino Con Vista Italy Travel Guides and Events

  5. Pingback: Free Thing Friday | College Gals Travel

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s