Thursday, March 4, 2010
Karol Wojtyla's Belgian College Experience
(left) Entrance to the monastery of S. Carlo by Francesco Borromini; (centre) entrance to SS. Gioacchino e Anna; (right) entrance to the Belgian Seminar
In the XVIIIth century there were at least seven monasteries aligned along Strada Pia. Almost at the same time as the construction of S. Carlo alle Quattro Fontane, the Carmelites built next to it a small monastery and a church dedicated to SS. Anna e Gioacchino. The church was inside the monastery and it did not have a façade, although it had a direct access from the street. In 1846 the monastery and the church were acquired by the Belgian Seminar which still makes use of part of the monastery. The church houses the tombs of several Belgian soldiers who served in the Papal Army and fell at Mentana in 1867 during the pontificate of Pope Pius IX.
Picture/caption courtesy of Rome Lover