Chiesa e Monastero delle Vergini (Book 8) (Day 3) (View C7) (Rione Trevi)
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Vasi shows the street leading from Via del Corso to the Pontifical
Palace on the Quirinale
(Monte Cavallo). The area was redesigned at the time of Paulus V. The view is taken from the green dot in the 1748 map below.
In the description below the plate Vasi made reference to: 1) Street leading to Monte Cavallo; 2) Chiesa dell'Assunzione di Maria; 3) Monastero dell'UmiltÓ.
The map shows also 4) Chiesa delle Vergini; 5) Palazzo della Dataria; 6) Palazzo della Panetteria.
Today the main access to Piazza del Quirinale is from Via Nazionale and this has helped in retaining the old narrow streets. In 1904 the church was dedicated to S. Rita.
The fašade of the church was designed by Mattia de' Rossi in 1696. The wooden choir has a beautiful decoration of gilt heads of nuns.
Monastero dell'UmiltÓ was transformed under Pius IX into the North American Pontifical College. In the entrance, a non existing papal coat of arms paying tribute to Pius IX and Pius XII. Below the coat of arms the American eagle with the olive leaves and the arrows.
The church had a very interesting Baroque fašade by Carlo Fontana which was "normalized" in the XIXth century. The relief of the Assunta is by Vincenzo Felici, son-in-law of Domenico Guidi.
Palazzo della Dataria (image on the left) was built by Paulus V to provide the Palace
of the Quirinale with additional buildings where administrative activities
could be performed when the Pope was there. Several popes restored and
enlarged Palazzo della Dataria and left their coat of arms.
Next plate in Book 8: Monastero di S. Cecilia
Next step in Day 3 itinerary: Palazzo Odescalchi
Next step in your tour of Rione Trevi: Palazzo del Quirinale
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