The Santa Maria del Rosario in Prati is a church in the Prati district of Rome. Built in the early 20th century, it is not to be confused with the much more interesting Santa Maria del Rosario Church on Via Trionfale.
Santa Maria del Rosario in Prati Church Rome
Address, opening hours and entrance fee
Address: Via degli Scipioni, 88 – Rome. Telephone: +39 06 39738077. Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday, from 07.00 to 12.00 and from 16.00 to 20.30; Sundays and Public Holidays from 07.00 to 13.00 and from 16.00 to 20.30. Entrance fee: Free of charge. (NB: Due to the Covid crisis, opening hours may differ from the ones indicated).
History and description
The Madonna del Rosario in Prati Church dates back to the beginning of the 20th century. Pope Leo XIII, seeing population numbers increase in the district, bought a piece of land and instructed the Dominican Order to build a church on it.
The church was built in a neo-Gothic style by the architect Giuseppe Ribaldi. The work was completed in 1916.
The facade has a beautiful rose window. The central portal has a mosaic in the lunette with the image of “Christ crowning Mary, surrounded by angels”.
The interior has a nave and two aisles divided by bicoloured pillars and five arches. The interior is graced by paintings by Giovan Battista Conti. (In the nearby Sacro Cuore del Suffragio Church there is also a work by this painter. For those willing to take the trouble, the latter church also hosts a “Museum of the Souls in Purgatory“).
Works of art
On the apse altar there is a triptych with the “Madonna of the Rosary” (Madonna del Rosario).
The inside of the façade is decorated with a mosaic depicting the “Madonna of Pompeii”. The fresco on the same wall depicts the “Tree of Prophecy of Mary”.