The 18th century convent church of Santissima Trinità degli Spagnoli was built for the Spanish branch of the Ordo Sanctissimae Trinitatis et captivorum (Order of the Most Holy Trinity and of the Captives), better known simply as the Trinitarians.
The order was founded in 1198 by St John of Matha (1160-1213). Its somewhat curious mission was the ransoming of Christians taken prisoner by Muslim pirates and slave-raiders. This explains the striking sculpture of the Angel and Two Prisoners by Pietro Pacilli (1720-73), above the entrance.
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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 and
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