Santa Bonosa, painting by Ettore Roesler Franz (1845-1907) (postcard)

Vanished churches

    For the last couple of centuries hundreds of churches have been demolished in Rome. The demolitions have occurred for various reasons. Maybe the church, not seldom of medieval origin, has been considered to be in such a state of disrepair, that one has decided to pull it down in order to build a new and bigger church at its place. Other causes for demolitions of churches and, of course, also profane edifices are the building of new streets and piazzas. Between 1870 and 1930 large-scale structural alterations were carried out throughout the centre of Rome. To be able to erect e.g. Monumento di Vittorio Emanuele II and to build the streets of e.g. Via dei Fori Imperiali, Via Cavour, Via Nazionale and Corso Vittorio Emanuele II a number of churches and buildings had to be sacrificed.

Santo Stefano de Arenula