Exarchic Greek Abbey of St. Mary of Grottaferrata - Basilian Monks

Corso del Popolo, 128 - 00046 Grottaferrata (Rome) ITALY - Phone 0039.06.9459309 - Fax 0039.06.9456734

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  • A Panoramic View
  • The Entrance Portal
  • A Section of the Roverian Walls
  • The Basilica of St. Mary
  • The Byzantine Mosaic
  • The Triumphal Arch
  • The Cryptoporticus
  • The Fortress at Night
A Panoramic View1 The Entrance Portal2 A Section of the Roverian Walls3 The Basilica of St. Mary4 The Byzantine mosaic5 The Triumphal Arch6 The Cryptoporticus7 The Fortress at Night8
Art and Culture -> The Roverian Castle

The Castle The present entranceSince its foundation, the important geographic position of the Abbey, with its rich soil, drew upon it the interest and the greediness of warmongers. In the XI century it was engaged several times in the wars between Rome and Tuscolo.

Eastern side of the walls Road PatrolThe last devastation (1482) made by the troops of the duke of Calabria and then by the Orsini and Colonna families, finally convinced Cardinal Giuliano della Rovere – Iulianus Cardinalis (later Pope Julius II) at the end of the XV century to erect protections around the Abbey. And so the fortress were raised: the towers, the look-out posts, the moats, the embattled walls with the draw-bridge. The architects were Baccio Pontelli (1450-1494) and Antonio da Sangallo (1463-1534). This imposing work gave the Abbey the majestic and strong appearance that it still has. The building up of this fortress happened between 1483 and 1491.

Medieval EntranceIn 1492 Giuliano della Rovere, opposed by Pope Alexander VI, left away taking refuge in France and the Castle of Grottaferrata passed temporarily under Fabrizio Colonna by the guide of Alfonso, King of Naples.

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