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Chiesa di S. Maria delle Grazie (Book 7) (Day 8) (View C2) (Rione Borgo)

In this page:
 The plate by Giuseppe Vasi
 Today's view and S. Giovanni Battista degli Spinelli
 New S. Maria delle Grazie

The Plate (No. 122 - ii)

Chiesa di S. Maria delle Grazie

The church and the monastery were built in 1628 near Porta Angelica to honour a sacred image brought from the Holy Land.


The view today

A modern building has replaced the church, but on the corner there is a copy of the image of Madonna delle Grazie. The whole area has been affected by significant changes with the reshaping of the walls around the Vatican to reflect the border between Italy and the Vatican City State as you can see in the map below (left 1883, right today). The development of a new residential area outside the walls led also to the pulling down of the little church of S. Giovanni Battista degli Spinelli.

Where it was

New S. Maria delle Grazie

New S. Maria delle Grazie

A new church by the same name was built outside Porta Angelica not far from today's entrance to the Vatican Museum. The Baroque altar of the old church was rearranged at the end of the left nave of new S. Maria delle Grazie. Above the sacred image there is a pretty unusual inscription, because it is written in Italian rather than in Latin and for its simplicity: Facemo bene adesso che havemo tempo (Let's do good now that we have time).

Excerpts from Giuseppe Vasi 1761 Itinerary related to this page:

Chiesa di s. Maria delle Grazie
Questa chiesa fu eretta insieme col romitorio l'anno 1588. da un eremita per nome Ulbenzio Rossi della terra di Cedraro in Calabria, il quale essendo andato a visitare i luoghi santi di Gerusalemme, portò seco una piccola immagine della ss. Vergine, che in questa chiesa si venera sotto il titolo delle Grazie. Dipoi fu rinnovata la chiesa l'anno 1618. dal Card. Lanti, e vi seguitano ad abitare alcuni Eremiti mendicanti.
Chiesa di s. Gio. Battista degli Spinelli
Del nome e della fondazione di questa nulla si sa di sicuro: resta però sotto la cura del Capitolo di s. Pietro in Vaticano.

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