With all the major sites of historic interest at only a short walk away, the Kolbe Hotel Rome will make you feel not only surrounded by but truly immersed into the magnificence of ancient Rome.
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The inner core of the building that hosts the Kolbe Hotel Rome dates back to 1625. After a series of additions and renovations, the structure became a monastery in 1912. The last, most radical metamorphosis took place in 2007, with a meticulous renovation that gave the hotel its current appearance, while retaining the original unique features, as well as a portion that is still a monastery to this very day.
The Hotel is named after Father Maximilian Kolbe, a Polish priest who lived and studied here when it was the International College of the Order of Friars Minor Conventual.
After his studies in philosophy and theology, Father Kolbe founded the Milizia dell’Immacolata, a work of devotion to the Virgin.
Having returned to Poland, he was deported to Auschwitz during the Nazi invasion, where he gave up his own life in exchange for that of another prisoner who had been condemned to death.
For this heroic act, he was awarded sainthood in 1982 by Pope John Paul II. A chapel and a small museum in the Hotel are dedicated to Father Kolbe.