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The Motherhouse of the Salvatorians: a historical and spiritual place

Palazzo Cesi-Armellini has been the motherhouse of the Salvatorian Fathers and Brothers since 1882.
The palace, with its elegant Dorian-style façade facing Via della Conciliazione, adjacent to St. Peter’s Square, was built for the Cardinal Francesco Armelllini at the beginning of the 16th Century, right where the Roman philosopher Seneca had his house.

The Palace also featured in more recent historical events. During World War II, the General Superior, Father P. Pfeiffer, acted as the Pope’s trusted negotiator and successfully saved the lives of many Jews, politicians, and partisans persecuted by Nazis by hiding them in the Salvatorian motherhouse.

In order to share its rich history, art and spirituality, the palace has now opened its gates to visitors.
The tour starts in the courtyard, and then proceeds to the gallery embellished with frescoes, the library and the main chapel with wooden ceilings and paintings dating back to the 17th century, and continues to the small chapel and the museum set up in memory of the Founder Father Francis Jordan. The tour ends on the roof terrace with its spectacular view of the dome of St. Peter’s.

The visit is free of charge but visitors are welcome to make a donation in support of the Salvatorian missions in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

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For more informations, please contact us: - Tel: +39 06 686 29 202

The Motherhouse will be closed during holidays (e.g. Christmas, New Years day, Easter...)