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Rome: Church of San Francesco a Ripa

Located in the Trastevere neighborhood of Rome, is the first church in Rome dedicated to Saint Francis. Although built on the foundations of an earlier church, the current structure was begun in 1603.

It was here that Saint Francis stayed when he visited Rome. You can see the cell where he slept, the rock that he used as a pillow (behind a grate).

It also has one of Bernini’s last pieces: the Franciscan Tertiary Beata Ludovica Albertoni (as shown above). A lifelong resident of Trestevere, she was married off to an unpleasant man and endured 16 years with him. She bore him three children during this time, and he died after 16 years of marriage. After his death, she had to deal with her late husband’s relatives who tried to deprive her three daughters of their inheritance. Once she had succeeded, she embraced the Rule of the Third Order of St. Francis and spent the rest of her life in the care of the poor.

The Church and Sanctuary are open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m and again from 2:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

Weekday Masses are 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday Masses are at 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Address:  Piazza di S. Francesco d’Assisi, 88, 00153 Roma, Italy

Click here for the official website of San Francesco a Ripa Grande

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