Sant' Angelo in Pescheria was built in the ruins of the ancient Portico d'Ottavia (Porticus of Octavia). The church, which was founded in 755 and rebuilt in the 16th century, shared the space with the city's fish market, hence its name.
The church's star turn is the richly decorated Chapel of St Andrew, which belonged to the Guild of the Fishmongers.
Next to Sant' Angelo in Pescheria, which is dedicated to St Michael the Archangel, stands the Oratorio di Sant'Andrea dei Pescivendoli. The oratory, which was consecrated in 1689, belonged to the Università dei Pescivendoli (Society of Fishmongers), whose patron saint was St Andrew.
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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