Oratorio della Confraternita dei Neri Mortis et Orationis

Oratorio della Confraternita dei Neri Mortis et Orationis

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LostInTime
Pittsburgh, PA20,609 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Business
This church was different than others that I’ve seen. There were a lot of evil looking images. And death stuff. It’s small and worth seeing. And somewhat unique.
Written 26 February 2024
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betteskid
Boston, MA1,328 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
We really enjoyed stopping here when we were in Monterosso. Perhaps this was partly beause we had never seen anything quite like this place. It is no longer sanctified as a church but was a church at one time. The decorations inside include skeletons and the place has an interesting history. It is free to enter and you should check it out when you visit the town.
Written 7 August 2023
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom10,823 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
It’s the macabre skeleton above the door to this small oratory which catches your eye first. It’s hardly a warm welcome.
Inside, there are even more carvings and sculptures of skulls and skeletons decorating the walls and columns.
It’s a curious sort of interior design trend. Not surprisingly, it didn’t catch on. Morbid and ghoulish to our eyes, they reminded the faithful of the transience of life.
The oratory belonged to a group of lay brothers known as the The Confraternita dei Neri Mortis e Mortis et Orationis - a confronting title that translates as the Black Confraternity of Death & Prayer. They wore black robes and dedicated themselves to providing burials for the poor and helping widows, orphans and families of men who were lost at sea.
It is located in the heart of the Monterosso’s historic centre, next to the church of St John the Baptist.
Both are immediately striking buildings, with a distinctive facades of alternating zebra-like bands of black and white. Whilst the church’s stripes are contrasting black stone and white marble, the Oratory is just painted plaster.
Written 2 January 2023
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dapper777
Monaco63,884 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Friends
In Monterosso al Mare there is a church that tourists, always in search of popular and glamorous attractions, often fail to visit.
You can find it in the main square, next to the parish church of San Giovanni Battista, which is the town's cathedral. In fact, from the outside it is not clear why visiting this church could be interesting: the neo-Romanesque façade, with black and white stripes, is rather anonymous even if perfectly integrated into the architectural fabric of the little square.
Yet there is a detail that intrigues and draws attention: the image in the lunette, above the portal, of a skull complete with crossbones and a cross accompanied by the epigraph "Mortis et Orationis Confraternitas".
It is the Oratory of S. Maria di Porto Salvo, known as the Oratorio dei Neri or the "Confraternity of Prayer and Death".
Upon entering, one cannot help but notice a large quantity of skulls, small skeletons, cartouches and writings that always hint at death in the midst of the baroque stuccoes.
As the illustrative panel placed outside the building explains, the church was founded in the seventeenth century by well-meaning and willing people who did their utmost to help widows, victims of shipwrecks, orphans and took care of the burial of the poor and less fortunate.
What seems obvious to us today, namely the need to bury the dead, was not then.
And it is for this reason that Pope Julius III ordered the Confraternity to add the term "prayer" to its name. From that moment on, the story of this large group of faithful and well-meaning people became more and more luminous, until the edition of a papal bull of 17 November 1560, which effectively decreed the status of Archconfraternity, recognizing the right to receive alms, to occupy and to build churches and oratories for their own functions and, above all, to found and aggregate brotherhoods, such as that one in Monterosso.
So in the historic center, in the heart of old Monterosso, among its famous "carrugi" (narrow alleys) you can see small brotherhoods and churches in a very particular style, with their two-tone façades that stand out among the colored ones.
Interesting.
Written 26 October 2021
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GAN L
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia10,663 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Formed by a confraternity dressed in black robes in the 17th century, was dedicated to aid widows , orphans and even the shipwrecked when needed. The facade is made of narrow black and white strips. On the entrance door frame was a coat of arms with skull and crossbones. Inside the church , there is a wooden statue of Saint Anthony the Abbot. It is also rather odd to see skeleton statues on the top moulding at each side as decoration.
Written 11 March 2020
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mlbpafan
Loveland, CO1,618 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
This "Church of the Dead" is next to the Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista. It has the same white and black front , only with thinner stripes. What you see inside is not your ordinary church architecture. The skeletons are odd to see in this atmosphere. The alter is very nice and there are some interesting crosses here too. Not a very fancy church, but it is unusual and does warrant a visit.
Written 31 December 2019
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Christina C
Coquitlam, Canada6,336 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
We went to Monterosso one early November morning. The village was very quiet, hardy anyone there. At the small square there stood two Gothic Catholic Churches. One had a facade made of wide black and white strips. The other one had a facade with with narrow black and white strips. We saw a gentleman open the church door and we went to take a look. On top of the door frame was a coat of arms with skull and crossbones. Inside we also saw skeleton statues on the top moulding at each side as decoration. I thought what a strange thing to put in the church. Later I found out this is the church Oratorio della Confraternity dei Neri Mortis also known as the Brotherhood of Prayer and Death. Happy Travelling !
Written 23 December 2019
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Razorfish
Little Rock, AR5,090 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018
My wife and I visited the Borgo Antico in Monterosso al Mare during our visit to the Cinque Terre this past November. The Church of the Dead is next to the Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista. We did not enter it because it was undergoing a restoration. I understand that it contains some skeletons and skulls of deceased saints.
Written 18 October 2019
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mrt1955
Healdsburg, CA917 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
When you first enter you notice that this is a nice, open small church. As you sit and look around you notice there are more skulls and skeletons than you'd typically see in a church.

The history of this building is unique as is the decorations...I wasn't able to fully understand it's history but it was a very interesting place.
Written 8 October 2019
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FYL003
Chicago, IL1,052 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
This is the church where the dead were placed for services before burials. Appeared this does not take place here anymore. A small church in town for a quick visit.
Written 18 September 2019
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