Santa Maria in Via

This Church is not to be confused with the Church of Santa Maria in Via Lata, a Deaconry.
The facade of Santa Maria in Via was designed by Giacomo della Porta.

Santa Maria in Via is a basilica church in Rome. The church or a chapel existed in the 9th century, but was rebuilt following reports of a miracle. In 1165, it is recorded as Santa Maria in Via, whose appellative means "on the Way", with a reference to the nearby Via Flaminia.


On the site there was the house of Cardinal Pietro Capocci, with a well in the stables. On the night of 26 September 1256, the well overflowed. A picture of Our Lady was floating on the waters, which disappeared as soon as the picture was taken. Pope Alexander IV declared it a miracle, and ordered the construction of a chapel on its place; in the chapel (the first on the right of the current church) there is still the well of the miracle.

Pope Innocent VIII ordered the construction of the current church, which was built in 1491–1513. Renovations were performed under Francesco da Volterra and later by Carlo Lombardi. The façade and portico were designed by Pietro da Cortona (1660). The main altar was decorated by Santi Ghetti. The works were completed under Cardinal Saint Robert Bellarmine, titular of the church, in 1604.

The church of S. Maria in Via now serves as a national church in Rome for the Ecuadorian community.[1]

The church has been served by the Servite Order since a grant of Pope Leo X in 1513.

Cardinal PriestsEdit

The Titulus S. Mariae in Via was instituted by Pope Julius III in 1551.[2] The occupants of the titulus have been:[3][4]


  1. ^ "Comunità ecuadoriana Chiesa di Santa Maria in Via". Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  2. ^ David M. Cheyney, Catholic-Hierarchy: Santa Maria in Via. Retrieved: 2016-03-17.
  3. ^ Guilelmus van Gulik and Conradus Eubel, Hierarchia catholica medii et recentioris aevi III, editio altera (Monasterii 1923), p. 67 (1551–1595).
  4. ^ Patritius Gauchat, Hierarchia catholica medii et recentioris aevi IV, editio altera (Monasterii 1935), p. 46 (1596–1671).


  • Mariano Armellini, Le chiese di Roma, dalle loro origine sino al secolo XVI (Roma: Tipografia editrice Romana, 1887), pp. 334–336.
  • Carlo Cecchelli, S. Maria in Via (Rome: Casa Editrice "Roma" 192?) [Le Chiese di Roma illustrate, n. 14].
  • "Santa Maria in Via", by Chris Nyborg.

External linksEdit

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