Holy Rome! Around Rome Churches
Date: 2014-05-16 15:19:32
Author: Tara Gorman
One of the most amazing things to see during your stay in Rome are the multiple churches scattered throughout the Eternal City. It can be difficult to find just the right ones to explore, so follow along for some suggestions to assist you when organizing for your trip to Rome.
Churches in Rome house works by some of the most influencial Italian artists. The art is remarkable to see first hand even if you are not an art guru, which is not required to admire these works of art as well as the architectures and interiors of these marvelous churches.
St. Peter's Basilica
Basilica di San Pietro
It is one of the largest churches in the world and known as the burial site of Saint Peter, who's tomb is located directly below the altar of the basilica.
The interior and design was created by Bramante, Michelangelo, Maderno and Bernini, each contributing their expertises to the final result of one of the holiest Catholic sites.
Located in the Vatican City, the Basilica is very near to the entrance into the Vatican and this the Sistine Chapel. Entrance into St. Peter's is free, but because of its worldwide popularity, there is oftentimes a long line leading from the entrance through the square.
Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola at Campus Martius
Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola in Campo Marzio
This church is known for the art on the ceiling, a grandiose design worth craning your neck back to study and examine. At one end is a painting creating the illusion of a dome, making you believe you are looking up into an elaborate dome when in actuality it is the work of a painter.
The rest of the ceiling is a scene painted by Andrea Pozzo. It celebrates the work of Saint Ignatius and the Society of Jesus in the world presenting the saint welcomed into paradise by Christ and the Virgin Mary and surrounded by representations of all four continents.
It is located near to the Pantheon and is free to enter, so if you go between the Pantheon and Trevi make sure to take a little side trip to this beautiful church.
Our Lady of the Conception of the Capuchins
Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini
Unofficially known as the 'Church of Bones' in Rome with a crypt displaying the bones of over 4,000 Capuchin friars which are fashioned into decorative displays in the Baroque and Rococo style.
This church has even been referenced in literary works by a few authors such as Hawthorne and Twain, giving them a lasting impression from their own visits to see the crypt.
The church is located near Piazza Barberini and costs €6 to enter, which also includes admission to the museum.
It is commonly compared to the Catacombs located just outside the center of Rome, so consider taking a Private Tour that includes both locations in the same day with transportation included.
Church of Saint Augustine
Basilica di Sant'Agostino
It is one of the first Roman churches built during the renaissaince, most famously known for the Baroque painting by Caravaggio, Madonna di Loreto. On one of the pillars inside is found a work by Raphael and the tomb of Saint Monica is located in one of the chapels.
Located near Piazza Navona and with a free entrance, it makes for another nice little sidetrip during your stroll through the centre of Rome.
Basilica Parrocchiale Santa Maria del Popolo
This quaint, little church is located just off of Piazza del Popolo near Flaminio station. Upon first glance you may not recognize it as a church in the front, but once you enter it becomes a sacred atmosphere.
Here you will find two of Caravaggios paintings, both a wonder to look at. There are other works scattered throughout by Raphael, Bernini, Algardi, Pinturicchio, Andrea Bregno, Guillaume de Marcillat and Bramante.
Entrance is free and well worth the visit before you start the walk down Via del Corso from Piazza del Popolo to Piazza Venezia.
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