Saint Barbara of the Books

This small church, also known as Santa Barbara alla Regola, after the district in which it is situated, was founded, in the 11th century, in the ruins of the Theatre of Pompey. (It was in an annex in the gardens of the Theatre of Pompey that Julius Caesar was assassinated).

Saint Barbara of the Books, Rome, Italy. 186 Largo dei Librai

The church is just off Via dei Giubbonari between Campo de’Fiori and Piazza Cairoli.

This is a small but absolutely stunning church. It’s definitely an off the beaten path small church. One minute you are walking through a charming neighborhood, the next moment your turn the corner and are stopped in your tracks by this glorious architecture. It looks surreal – a tiny church stuck between houses and a yogurt gelato shop. It’s worth a stop, a snapshot and a walk up past the perfect olive trees into the doorway for a look around the interior. The video below is a literal film walk through the church. Armchair travel at it’s finest.


//photographs copyright rebecca price butler …

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4 thoughts on “Saint Barbara of the Books

  1. that is such an amazing tour of church!!!!!! I feel like I am there Who pays to keep up all these beautiful churches?

    1. Isn’t it? I was happy to find the video to accompany my photos as I don’t photograph the interiors of churches if they are too dark and I don’t have the right film speed OR if they post a sign no photos. The video gives you a better experience of it anyway. You know I imagine the vatican pays for it’s churches upkeep – they paid to build them centuries ago through indulgences and taxes I’m sure, not to mention patron aristocrats who wanted to show off. The upkeep now? Hmm? All Vatican? Church goers? Neighborhoods? Tourist dollars? Taxes? I know all church property is exempt from taxes so that must help. But Italy is trying to change that. It’s a puzzle!

    1. I am thrilled to read that! It is such a treasure, isn’t it? So small and almost hidden between buildings – but it’s beauty stands out! I love your blog. Thanks for visiting mine! I’m working on a post on beautiful places in Naples. I’m also working on lots more Rome’s hidden spots. Quiet spots. Off the beaten path. Popular but alternate experiences/views of popular places.

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