The beautiful monogram of the Order of Servants of Mary (better known as the Servites) is emblazoned in two stained glass windows in the 16th century church of Santa Maria in Via. The monogram takes the form of the letters 'S' and 'M' intertwined.
The Ordo Servorum Beatae Mariae Virginis was founded in 1233 when a group of seven Florentine merchants retired to Monte Senario, which lies a short distance to the north of the city, to lead a life of poverty and penance.
My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private walking tours of Rome.
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