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Church of San Bartolomeo all’Isola

Chiesa di San Bartolomeo all'Isola

The church of San Bartolomeo De Insula stands on the Tiberine Island, in the Trastevere district. It was built at the end of the 10th century by Emperor Otto III on the remains of the temple of Aesculapius and dedicated to Sant'Adalberto. In the period between the 11th and 12th centuries, it was the subject of repeated restoration work.

Irreparably damaged by a flood of the river in 1557, the sacred building was rebuilt in the 17th century by the architect Orazio Torriani, who imagined it composed of a baroque façade on two floors and a portico and, inside, divided into three naves supported by ancient columns. Its interior houses the Flagellation of Christ, a painting by Antonio Carracci (1589-1618), nephew of Annibale.

The church is also known as the seat of the "Venerable Confraternity of the devotees of Jesus Christ at Calvary and of Maria Santissima Addolorata", a congregation born on the initiative of a group of faithful in 1760.

The brotherhood obtained permission from Pope Pius VI Braschi to create a cemetery for the deceased brothers in the basement. During the burial, the adepts wore a red cloak with a hood that earned them the popular name of Sacconi Rossi. From the beginning they dedicated themselves to the recovery of the bodies found in the Tiber, whose stripped bones were placed in the crypt of the convent which then became a cemetery similar to the more famous one in the Capuchin crypt in Via Veneto.


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Chiesa di San Bartolomeo all'Isola, Piazza di San Bartolomeo all'Isola, 22
Piazza di San Bartolomeo all'Isola, 22
41° 53' 25.5048" N, 12° 28' 40.7352" E


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