Oratorio del Santissimo Crocifisso, Rome

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The Oratorio del Santissimo Crocifisso or the Oratory of the Most Holy Crucifix is a building in central Rome, Italy. Located next to the church of San Marcello al Corso, it served as a prayer hall and meeting house for the Confraternita del SS. Crocifisso. It is best known, like the Oratorio del Gonfalone, which shares the same artists, for its Mannerist decorations.


The structure was built by Giacomo Della Porta in 1568, near the church of San Marcello, for the Confraternity of Crucifix, founded to venerate the Crucifix (crocefisso) from the nearby church. The confraternity was composed of some of the richest men in Rome, including the cardinals Ranuccio and Alessandro Farnese, nephews of the Pope. The theme of the interior decoration is the Triumph of the Cross. It employed Giovanni de' Vecchi, Cesare Nebbia, Niccolò Circignani, and Cristoforo Roncalli.


It was also host of musical concerts, starting in 1639, when the first performances of fifteen musical oratorios [oratories] by Giacomo Carissimi and Emilio de' Cavalieri occurred here.
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  • This church is absolutely beautiful. We have visited lots of the churches in Rome and this is one of my favourites.  more »
  • Fantastic small church , that you might easily walk right past. If you have the chance call in and admire the stunning interior, and marvel at the lovely frescos, which adorn it. There are regular...  more »
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  • In the Trevi ward, flanked by one of the entrances to the Sciarra Gallery, there is the Oratory of the SS. Crucifix, built by Giacomo Della Porta at the behest of Ranuccio Farnese in 1562, to accommodate the meetings of the Brotherhood of the SS. Crucified. This brotherhood, dedicated to the charity and assistance of the poor and pilgrims, was born to take care of the wooden crucifix of the fifteenth-century Siena school, kept in the nearby Church of St. Marcello, which miraculously saved itself from the fire that he hit the church on the night of May 23, 1519. Church of St. Marcello at the CorsoThe fact that he was the only one to be spared from the flames made him worthy of popular devotion. In addition, during the plague that struck Rome in 1522, he was carried in procession to the Basilica of St. Peter, and as he passed he healed the people of the areas traveled, eradicating the epidemic. prospectus of the facade of the SS Oratory. CrucifixThe two-order facade of the oratory ends with a triangular eardrum with winged angel. It is tripartite by Doric lesene in the lower order, where the portal preceded by staircase, is flanked by two empty niches, framed by frames with curved eardrums. A planmark delimits the two orders.
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