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This webpage reproduces (a very small excerpt from)
a chapter of
Le chiese di Roma dal secolo IV al XIX

by Mariano Armellini

published by the
Tipografia Vaticana

The text is in the public domain.

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Historical and Topographical Notices on the Churches of Rome


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 p142  S. Andrea de Portugallo
(S. Maria ad Nives)

This little church still stands at the crossroads of the streets called del Colosseo and dell' Agnello: its façade looks onto the amphitheatre. The origin of the obscure name of the church has been reasonably sought in the placename recorded by Varro, ad busta gallica. In the time of Innocent III this place was still called in Gallicis: and in the Middle Ages it was also called de arcu aureo (arco de' pantani), a name which extended to the ruins of the forum of Augustus and Domitian: to it was annexed a monastery, and we find the church among those that in the 12th century were receiving the simple benefice of the presbytery. It was a parish church at that time, but later became a simple benefice accruing to the cardinal of S. Pietro in Vincoli. In 1607 it was granted to the guild of the second-hand dealers, who rebuilt it at their expense. It remained abandoned after 1798 and was then granted to the confraternity of S. Maria della Neve, which still retains it and to which it owes the name most commonly in use today: in some catalogues it is also recorded under the name of S. Andrea de Tabernula.

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