Santa Maria ai Monti Church Rome

Santa Maria ai Monti Church Rome interior

The Church of Santa Maria dei Monti in Rome is also known as the Madonna dei Monti and as Santa Maria ai Monti. The latter is the official name, while Madonna dei Monti is the name used by Romans themselves.

Santa Maria ai Monti Church Rome

Address, opening hours and admission

Address: Via della Madonna dei Monti, 41 – Rome (tel. +39 06 485531). Opening hours: 7.00-12.00 and 16.30-19.30. Admission: Free. (Note: The church cannot be visited while mass is being celebrated.)

History and description

Santa Maria ai Monti
Interior towards the entrance

The Madonna dei Monti church was built in 1580, after a miraculously preserved picture of the Madonna had been found in the ruins of the convent that used to stand in the same spot.

One day, a blind woman praying in front of the painting got her sight back and after that so much money was donated that within one year it was possible to start construction of the new church.

It was Pope Gregory VIII who commissioned Giacomo della Porta to build the church, which was later finished by Carlo Lombardi and Flaminio Ponzi.

The design of the facade is based on that of the Chiesa del Gesù and was restored in 1991.

Art in the Church of Madonna dei Monti

The aforementioned 15th century painting depicting the Madonna with Child and the Saints Lawrence and Stephen is above the High Altar now.

There are 4 frescoes depicting the Evangelists painted on the Dome. The artist was Cristoforo Casolani.

Via della Madonna dei Monti, 41 – Rome

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