The tiny church of Santa Barbara dei Librai may have been founded in the 13th century or even earlier. In 1600 it was given to the confraternity of Bookmakers, hence its name.
Santa Barbara dei Librai was restored during the reign of Pope Innocent XI (r. 1676-89) and the façade is the work of Giuseppe Passeri (1654-1714). The statue of St Barbara was sculpted by Ambrogio Parisi.
The church has a Greek-Cross plan and its five altars all have beautiful altar frontals inlaid with pietre dure.
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