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Chiesa e Monastero di S. Lucia in Selci (Book 8) (Day 2) (Map B3) (Rione Monti)

In this page:
 The plate by Giuseppe Vasi
 Today's view
 The monastery
 SS. Gioacchino e Anna

The Plate (No. 143)

Chiesa e Monastero di S. Lucia in Selci

1. Portico e muri antichi (Portico and old walls) belong to the Porticus Liviae a large Roman building on the slopes of the Esquiline. The church and the monastery were built in the VIth century turning the Roman ruins into a sort of fortress (my background is a Roman capital now in the large wall to the left). 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. Lucia in Selci; 2) Street leading to Monastero della Purificazione; 3) S. Pietro in Vincoli; 4) Casa delle Suore Paolotte. 3) is shown in another page. The map shows also 5) SS. Gioacchino e Anna.

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The view today

Via in Selci and the severe looks of the Monastery are one of the most interesting medieval sites of Rome.

The Monastery

The Monastery (details)

At a closer look the Roman arches can still be detected. The entrance is the only Baroque addition.

SS. Gioacchino e Anna

SS. Gioacchino e Anna)

The plate shows at the far right part of a nunnery. "Casa delle Suore Paolotte" means house of the nuns of Paola (nuns belonging to the order founded in 1453 by S. Francesco di Paola). In 1760 (Vasi published this book in 1758) the nuns completed a church dedicated to S. Gioacchino and now called SS. Gioacchino e Anna.

Excerpts from Giuseppe Vasi 1761 Itinerary related to this page:

Chiesa e Monastero di S. Lucia in Selci
Scendendo poco pių in gių dalla divisata chiesa, evvi quella di s. Lucia, che anticamente dicevasi in Orphea, ed in oggi in Selci, a cui č unito un magnifico, ed antichissimo monastero, prima de' monaci Benedettini, poi de' Certosini, ed ora di religiose Agostiniane. Nella chiesa non vi č altro, che nel primo altare a destra la s. Titolare dipinta dal Lanfranchi, il s. Agostino dallo Speranza, il quale fece ancora il quadro d'incontro, e nell' ultimo evvi s. Monaca, del Cav. d'Arpino, il quale fece medesimamente il Dio Padre sopra la porta della chiesa.

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