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Chiesa e Monastero dello Spirito Santo (Book 8) (Day 3) (View C8) (Rione Monti)

In this page:
 The plate by Giuseppe Vasi
 Today's view
 Trajan's Market

The Plate (No. 142)

Chiesa e Monastero dello Spirito Santo

This is one of the plates where Vasi turns his attention to the details of everyday life in Rome. The view is taken from the green dot in the 1748 map below. In the description below the plate Vasi made reference to: 1) S. Lorenzo ai Monti; 2) Palazzo Conti; 3) S. Eufemia; 4) Spirito Santo. The map shows also 5) Trajan's Market.

Small ViewSmall View

Today

The view today

Nothing is left of the churches and the houses of the plate. The small map shows a large building with an inner circular courtyard (Trajan's Market), which was freed in the XIXth from all medieval additions. The pictures show (behind Trajan's Market) Torre delle Milizie (Torre dei Conti) and the Monastery of SS. Domenico e Sisto.

In the first "modern" excavations of Rome (1812-1814) the French excavated the Forum of Trajan and pulled down the churches and the nunnery. The excavations were completed by Pius VII as the plate indicates.

Pius VII's excavations

Trajan's Markets

Trajan's Market

Trajan's Forum ended with a semicircular wall (included for centuries in a medieval palace/fortress) hosting a series of shops. In the center stood Trajan's equestrian statue.

Excerpts from Giuseppe Vasi 1761 Itinerary related to this page:


... si, giunge alla chiesa, che conservandosi nell'antica sua piccolezza: si dice, di s. Lorenzolo, e poi voltando a sinistra evvi la
Chiesa e Monastero dello Spirito santo
Fin dall'anno 1432. fu eretta questa chiesa col monastero per le canonichesse Lateranensi, le quali hanno ornata la chiesa con stucchi dorati, e pitture; quelle nella cappella della Madonna sono di Baldassare della Croce, le altre nella cappella del ss. Crocifisso, di Gio. de' Vecchi; quelle nella volta, di Mario Arconio, ed il quadro nell'altare maggiore di Luigi Gazi. Siegue dopo di questa la chiesa di s. Eufemia col conservatorio per le povere zittelle orfane, che corrisponde incontro alla chiesa del ss. Nome di Maria,

Next plate in Book 8: Monastero di S. Lucia in Selci
Next step in Day 3 itinerary: Chiesa di S. Maria in Campo Carleo
Next step in your tour of Rione Monti: Chiesa di S. Maria in Campo Carleo

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