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Oratorio del Gonfalone Vicenza

by ValeryCollins Online Now Aug 28, 2010 at 11:37 PM

Does anyone know the history of this church? I have tried the usual sources but I have found very little information.

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    Re: Oratorio del Gonfalone Vicenza

    by hawkhead Online Now Aug 29, 2010 at 1:56 AM

    Wikapedia has a fairly good beginning and you can take the links and/or info offered further by searches.

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    Re: Oratorio del Gonfalone Vicenza

    by mccalpin Online Now Aug 29, 2010 at 8:03 AM

    Yes, this church in Vicenza appears to be little known indeed...the Wikipedia articles refer primarily to the headquarters in Rome and another one in Marino (which is just south of Rome). Even the Italian Wikipedia does not have an article on the church in Vicenza.

    It seems, Valery, that learning to read Italian will help you if you keep on discovering obscure places to research ;-) (although, obscure places have the advantage that you can make up stuff about them, since the reader won't know any better anyway ;-) ) PLEASE don't do what Dan Brown did in "Angels and Demons" when he had a major character watching the light from the evening sun fall on the face of St. Peter's in Rome...which is impossible because as 1 billion people know, St. Peter's faces DUE EAST...hahaha, OK, a billion people don't know this, but the error jumped off the page at's one thing to make up stuff about the inside of a building that no one knows, it's another thing to get basic details wrong about well-known makes it hard to achieve that willing suspension of disbelief ;-)

    In terms of the church, one website belonging to a professional association of artisans says:
    "Per la cerimonia del 50° l'Associazione Artigiani di Vicenza, fra le varie iniziative, ha festeggiato il traguardo all'Oratorio del Gonfalone a Vicenza. Questa chiesa, conosciuta da pochi e aperta solo per poche celebrazioni, ospita un altare di grande pregio artistico che fino a qualche tempo fa era segnato dal tempo. Gli artigiani, con la collaborazione della Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Verona, Vicenza, Belluno e Ancona, hanno però firmato un'altra grande opera di restauro riportando l'altare agli antichi splendori."
    (For the ceremony of their 50th anniversary, the Association of Artisans of Vicenza, among various initiatives, celebrated the finish at the Oratorio del Gonfalone in Vicenza. This church, known by few and open only for a few celebrations [i.e., Mass], hosts an altar of great artistic value that for some time has been marked by age. The artisans, with the help of Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Verona, Vicenza, Belluno e Ancona [a charitable foundation funded by an institution that is a cross between a bank and a credit union] have put their name to another great restoration job, restoring the altar to its ancient splendor.)

    So, while you'll be able to find some stuff about the order that built the place (but who were HQ'd in Rome), it looks like you won't find much about the building in Vicenza, as no one seems to think much of it...


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