Tucked away in the heart of Trastevere, and well-hidden by the rather bland and functional buildings of the Nuovo Ospedale Regina Margherita, sits one of Rome's oldest cloisters.
The cloister once belonged to the Benedictine monastery of San Cosimato and dates back to the beginning of the 13th century. In 1234 the monastery was given to the Franciscan Order of St Clare, making it one of its earliest convents.
In 1475, the nuns began to rebuild and enlarge their convent, adding a second cloister in the Renaissance style.
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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