Церковь Санта Мария делл Орто
Church of Santa Maria dell'Orto, or Virgin of the Garden
- Church dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
- Construction of a chapel started in 1419, but work was slow.
Its origin is a Madonna painted over a nearby garden gate, for which the Corporation of Fruit Growers wanted to build a chapel.
- It was decided to build a church to replace the chapel, and about 1530, Giulio Romano designed parts of the church, and later Guidetto Guidetti made alterations.
- In 1579 it was finally completed.
- The exterior is plain and doesn't look very inviting.
- On the roof are several obelisks, probably added in 1762.
- Note the tombstones that reveal that the church belonged to various trade corporations.
- A curious part of the decoration is a beautifully carved turkey.
It was placed here in the 18th century by the Guild of Chicken-sellers to commemorate the arrival of the first turkey from America.
- The church has beautiful frescoes.
- The church is usually locked, but you might be lucky and find it open - during a visit to Rome it's likely that you'll spend some time in Trastevere anyway, so you might as well check.
- The best way to get in is to check the notices on walls by the church - there are sometimes concerts here late in the evening.
- It is also usually open for Mass on Sunday mornings.
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