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Santa Maria in Campitelli

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Santa Maria in Campitelli or Santa Maria in Portico (Santa Maria in Portico di Campitelli) is a church dedicated to the Virgin Mary on the narrow Piazza di Campitelli in Rione Sant'Angelo, Rome, Italy. The church is served by the Clerics Regular of the Mother of God. History Santa Maria in Campitelli is located over the former site of the Temple of Jupiter Stator, part of the Porticus Octaviae until the area's destruction in the Great Fire of Rome in the mid-1st century. The Temple of Juno Regina was located nearby. Tradition holds that a primitive oratory or church was founded at the site during the years 523–526, under the papacy of Pope John I. This structure was located near the Porticus Octaviae (giving the church and icon its name of "Madonna of the Portico"). The structure was created to house a venerated 25 cm-high icon of the Virgin Mary and Saints Peter and Paul. According to legend, the icon appeared miraculously in 524 at the table of Galla, a Roman woman wh
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