The church of San Bartolomeo all' Isola was founded in the 10th century in honour of St Adalbert, Bishop of Prague. It was restored in 1624 by the Roman architect Orazio Torriani (1602-57).
San Bartolomeo all' Isola stands on the Isola Tiberina, a small island in the river Tiber, which was once the site of the ancient Temple of Aesculapius (early 3rd century BCE).
The marble monument (1869) in front of the church is the work of the Roman sculptor Ignazio Jacometti (1819-83). Known as the Guglia di Pio IX (Spire of Pius IX), it was created at the behest of Pope Pius IX (r. 1846-78).
The four niches in the upper part of the monument contain statues of saints who were, in some way, connected to the history of the Tiber Island. The four saints are St Bartholomew, St John of the Cross, St Paulinus of Nola and St Francis.
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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