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Santa Maria Riparatrice is a deconsecrated 19th century convent chapel at Via degli Artisti 39, in the rione Colonna.

The dedication was to the Blessed Virgin Mary, under her title of Reparatrix.

History Edit

The French congregation of Sisters of Mary Reparatrix was founded in Paris, France in 1855, with a charism of active social work combined with adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in reparation for anti-Christian activity in secular society.

They opened their first convent in Rome in 1869, and because of their privilege of public 24-hour exposition of the Sacrament their little chapel very quickly became popular with pilgrims.

In 1897 the convent moved to more ample premises at Santa Croce e San Bonaventura dei Lucchesi, which is still the headquarters of the congregation. The former chapel was shut down.

Appearance Edit

The main convent entrance was at number 38, but the chapel had a separate public entrance of its own at number 39. Here is an attractive neo-Baroque ensemble, with a majolica lunette plaque of The Annunciation above the door. The door-case is round-headed, so this plaque is in a tympanum. Above the arch is a little balcony, and in between are relief carvings of palm branches and a star.

External links Edit

De Alvariis gallery on Flickr

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