open: 10:00-12:15 & 16:00-18:00 possibly closed July and August
I've always been curious to see inside Santa Maria dell'Orazione e Morte, the church on Via Giulia near the Farnese Arch, but every time I've tried to visit the church — decorated with skulls and winged skeletons — I've found it to be closed.
The church was dedicated to the Virgin Mary and its name translates to Saint Mary of Prayer and Death.
It was built in 1575 by a charity that took on the responsibility of burying the abandoned corpses of the poor people of Rome.
The church was remodeled in 1733 and the facade decorated with the gorgeous laureled skulls and winged skeletons on the marble alms boxes.