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Church of Santa Maria del Rosario on Monte Mario

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The Madonna of San Sisto

1_ Santa Maria del Rosario a Monte Mario

Via Alberto Cadlolo, 51
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www.libertaciviliimmigrazione.interno.it
Every day.07:00-11:15 e 14:00-17:30. Free entry.

The church of Santa Maria del Rosario was built in 1628 on Monte Mario. After it was ruined and abandoned by the Napoleonic armies, its restoration was ordered by Pope Gregory XVI in the 19th century. One of the most valued works is a seventh century Madonna Advocate, the title of which makes the Mother of God’s role of intercessor for humanity explicit.
It is one of the oldest examples of the Byzantine Haghiosoritissa, the Mother of God of the holy (aghia) urn (soros), in reference to the sanctuary of Constantinople where the urn containing the sacred belt that belonged to the Virgin is kept.
The icon shows the Madonna full bust, turned to her left, with her hands covered with sheets of gold and precious stones. The venerated icon was first in the oratory of S. Agata in Trastevere, then moved to the church of S. Sisto Vecchio, where it took the name of Madonna of S. Sisto. In 1931, it found its way to the Dominican convent next to the church of Santa Maria del Rosario. The icon was the object of great devotion because it was thought that Saint Luke had painted it.

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Via Alberto Cadlolo, 51, 00136 Roma, Italy

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