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Church of Santa Maria Nova (Santa Francesca Romana)

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The Madonna del Conforto (Madonna of Comfort)

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Piazza di Santa Francesca Romana 4
www.libertaciviliimmigrazione.interno.it
Every day 10:30-12:30 and 15:30-18:00. Free entry.

The church dedicated to Saint Frances of Rome, who was buried there in 1484, is also known as Santa Maria Nova because in the 9th century, it replaced the church of Santa Maria Antiqua in the Roman Forum, which was destroyed by an earthquake. On the main altar is a 13th century Madonna and Child known as the Madonna of Comfort which is famous in Roman devotional tradition as it is believed to have been painted by Saint Luke and because it survived the fire of 1223. During restoration in the forties, another valuable icon was discovered; it is the oldest Marian devotional image in Rome and is kept in the sacristy. The Imago Antiqua is a Hodegetria type Madonna and Child (indicating the child in her arms) and dates back to the sixth century.

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Temple of Venus And Roma, 00186 Rome, Italy

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