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 Crypta Ferrata and the Cryptoporticus

It is a roman sepulchre cell of the Republican era, probably the tomb of Tulliola, daughter of Cicero. It had been adapted as a Christian chapel since the V century and presented to st. Nilus by the count of Tuscolo.

The cell windows still preserve the original Roman iron bars, whence the building takes its name (‘Crypta’ = cell; ‘ferrata’ = ironmade).

The Crypta Ferrata The Cryptoporticus

The inside garden leads to the Cryptoporticus, a magnificent portico in “opus reticulatum” which was part of the antique Roman Villa on whose site the Abbey was built.

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