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St. Paul's Within the Walls - A National Monument
The church at the Via Nationale was built in 1873. It's extraordinary decoration was designed by the two important English Pre-Raphaelite artists Sir Edward Burne-Jones (!) and William Morris (!) as well as by George Breck.
TIP: The services are in English since St. Paul's Within the Walls is a member of the European Convocation of American Episcopal Churches of the Anglican Communion.
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Il Gesu - perfect example of the Baroque idea
The importance of the church for Baroque ecclesiastical Catholic architecture must be highlighted especially in the light of the idea of the contra reformation. The mother church of the Jesuits order gives impressive evidence of the splendour of the rich Baroque style.
The edifice was started in 1568 by Giacomo Vignola. After his death in 1573 Giacomo della Porta finished the interiour as well as the facade. In 1584 it was consecrated.
Noticeable is the altar by Andrea Pozzo (1696-1700) with the tomb of Ignazio di Loyola, the founder of the Jesuit order.
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Sant Ignazio - Hugh perspective ceiling paintings
The church Sant Ignazio is dedicated to St Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus. It was built between 1626 and 1650 by Orazio Grassi S.J., funded by Ludovici Cardinal Ludovisi, a nephew of Pope Gregory XV.
The rich Baroque style building is famous for two perspective ceiling paintings by Fr. Andrea Pozzo S.J.: the "Glory of Ignatius" in the nave and the false dome in the nave, which is actually canvas that is 17 metres wide. The best spot to appreciate the effect is marked on the floor.
Location: 8/a Via del Caravita / Piazza di Sant'Ignazio
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CITTÀ DEL VATICANO: Il Vaticano e la Santa Sede
Nobody has any excuse for coming to Rome and not visiting the CITTÀ DEL VATICANO aka VATICAN CITY and the SISTINE CHAPEL.
This is where you'd be able to marvel at Michelangelo's greatest masterpiece. The Vatican City is situated entirely within the city of Rome and separated from the rest of Rome by a wall.
Do you know that the Vatican City is a nation unto itself - with its own army, postal service and, currency?
For more info, please surf on to my VATICAN CITY travel page. Grazie mille.
Le Cose da Vedere: CAPPELLA SISTINA
The CAPELLA SISTINA or Sistine Chapel (in English) is a must-see. You should be able to cover this together with a visit to the Vatican Museum.
Once inside, you'd see an endless stream of tourists come to gaze in awe at the works of famous Renaissance artists like Botticelli (my favorite Renaissance man), Signorelli and Michelangelo amongst the many others.
Michelangelo's works seem to stand out the most here: I was told by our Museum guide that it took Michelangelo 12 years (yes, 12 YEARS!!) to finish painting the ceilings of the Sistine Chapel - by lying on his back. Ouch, his back must have ached quick a bit.
It is located in San Pietro in Vincoli: you should go to this church only to see this.
It was part of the Julius II tomb. You know ... Julius II was Miguel Angelo mecenas and they both were always fighting!
Miguel Angelo said when he saw a stone he could see the sculpture inside it and he only had to withdraw parts of the stone to take out the sculpture .... he was an artist!
Stand in front of this sculpture and try to see the movement ...
Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
This great church, one of Rome's four major basilicas, was built by Pope Liberius in A.D. 358 and was rebuilt by Pope Sixtus III from 432 to 440. Its 14th-century campanile is the city's loftiest. Much doctored in the 18th century, the church's facade isn't an accurate reflection of the treasures inside. Restoration of the 1,600-year-old church is scheduled for completion in 2000. The basilica is especially noted for the 5th-century Roman mosaics in its nave, as well as for its coffered ceiling, said to have been gilded with gold brought from the New World. In the 16th century, Domenico Fontana built a now-restored "Sistine Chapel." In the following century, Flaminio Ponzo designed the Pauline (Borghese) Chapel in the baroque style. The church also contains the tomb of Bernini, Italy's most important baroque sculptor/architect. Ironically, the man who changed the face of Rome with his elaborate fountains is buried in a tomb so simple that it takes a sleuth to track it down (to the right near the altar).
Caravaggio's Martyrdom of St. Matthew
In the Chiesa di San Luigi dei Francesci, there are three magnificent Caravaggio paintings, superbly located in the Contarelli Chapel. They were painted between 1599 and 1600. This is the one on the right, which is the first one can see when reaching the chapel on the left side of the church.
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Caravaggio's St. Matthew Writing the Gospel
In the Chiesa di San Luigi dei Francesci, there are three magnificent Caravaggio paintings, superbly located in the Contarelli Chapel. They were painted between 1599 and 1600. This is the central painting, the most simple one.
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Santa Maria delle Concezione -...
Santa Maria delle Concezione - once the church of the Capuchin monks. Located at the foot of the via Veneto, near the piazza Barberini. The story goes that when they ran out of space in the cellar to bury further monks, somebody decided they would decorate the tiny chapel with the bones of predecessors. Absolutely fascinating.
Don't miss these eerie burial chapels! Apparently the capuchin monks patented this odd type of mummification process, not unlike the egyptians. You'll see mini monks, dressed in their habits, some propped up against the wall, others still lying down. But they're all dead, so it's real neat. All crazy too. Get there.
Interior of Basilica St John Lateran
Do go inside this Basilica and admire its rich treasures - the rich ceiling is by Flaminio Boulanger and Vico di Raffaele, and the marble pavement is of Cosmatesque design.
This is the quaint Domine Quo...
This is the quaint Domine Quo Vadis chapel on the Old Appian Way, just outside the city. Inside there is a replica of a stone in which Christ is said to have left his footprint.
Most interesting church in Rome
San Stefano Rotondo I found the most interesting church in Rome. A little bit out of the traditional sites but it worth the visit.
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