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Typology: Church closed for worship


Address: Porta San Giovanni
Zone: Rione Esquilino (Termini-Via Nazionale) (Roma centro)

Opening times

It is part of the complex of the Basilica of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, for the times of the masses and the modalities of visit please contact directly the Basilica

There is a project in progress to restore and protect the building and the spaces, and also to provide a better climatic conditions to allow the medieval frescoes to be relocated in their place.


It is located within the fourth tower of the Aurelian wall from Porta San Giovanni. The oratory was located on the lower floor, while on the upper floor stayed the hermit. The walls had frescoes probably dating back to C. XIV, which now are housed in the Museum of the Basilica of the Holy Cross of Jerusalem. Scholars speculate that the oratory was used as a jail for some time, since it is also often remembered as the prisons of St Margarita. Attended by middle class people as a place of worship it was closed for collapses, then restored and reopened to the public.
Last checked: 2022-09-05 17:11