Santa Maria della Vittoria

Santa Maria della Vittoria, Rome

Santa Maria della Vittoria
4.5
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM, 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
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The area
Address
Neighborhood: Sallustiano
How to get there
  • Repubblica - Teatro dell'Opera • 4 min walk
  • Barberini - Fontana di Trevi • 6 min walk
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Johny K
4 contributions
Hidden gem
Sep 2020
Everyone should definitely visit this hidden gem, not only because of the Bernini sculptures. Also, don't be shy to visit the Sacristia, which many people don't know they can.
Written September 9, 2020
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CPaM68
Texas530 contributions
For Baroque art lovers this is a must-see
Sep 2019
The cathedral was down the street from our hotel and was actually not on our list of things to see or tour while in Rome. We love touring old churches and cathedrals in Europe, but in Rome, there is one on nearly every corner (Rome reportedly has over 600 cathedrals) which makes it impossible to see them all. However, one afternoon as we passed the cathedral, we noticed it was very busy and decided to stop in and take a look. We later learned that the basilica has become extremely popular since it appeared in the novel Angels & Demons, written by the American author Dan Brown. Santa Maria della Vittoria (Our Lady of Victory in English), dates from the seventeenth century and was built to commemorate the Catholic armies of Emperor Ferdinand II's victory at the Battle of White Mountain. Although the church’s exterior isn’t very impressive, its interior is extravagantly decorated. No surface is left unembellished: everywhere you look you see colorful pilasters and columns, gilded stucco, marble reliefs, dynamic statues, and vibrant paintings. There is very little natural light inside the church. It is lit with candles which creates a dark but special atmosphere. One of the most notable parts of the church is the Cornaro Chapel that houses the Ecstasy of Saint Teresa, a sculpture by Bernini that is considered to be a sculptural masterpiece of the Baroque period. I would highly recommend visiting, however, the church is relatively small so prepare for tight quarters during tourist season. Touring is free and does not require a reservation. (PaM)
Written August 1, 2020
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Grantyyy
Beijing300 contributions
To admire Bernini
Feb 2020 • Family
The Fire church of Four Elements , if you know angles and demons . Saint Theresa in ecstacy of Bernini is right here. The church is near to Republica place and worth going .
Written March 24, 2020
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dapper777
Monaco31,088 contributions
Although the church looks modest from outside, you will be surprised by the treasures it holds inside
Feb 2020 • Friends
The church was erected to commemorate the victory of catholic army of Emperor Ferdinand II over the the Protestants at the Battle of the White Mountain, near Prague, which marked the end of the Bohemian period of the Thirty Years’ War.
S. Maria della Vittoria was built in 1608-1620 at the expense of Cardinal Scipione Borghese, nephew of Pope Paul V.
Dedicated to St Paul at first, in 1622 the dedication was changed because the new church was chosen to house a small, sacred image found in the garbage at the castle of Pilsen, to which the Catholic imperial armies led by Ferdinand of Habsburg attributed the victory over Protestants (1620).
The façade was designed by Giovanni Battista Soria, a favourite architect of Cardinal Borghese.
Its harmonic façade, somehow a repetition of the neighboring church of Santa Susanna (by Maderno), is by Gian Battista Sorìa.
Characterized by two orders of pilaster strips, in the lower part, it has a brief stairway and a portal enriched by side niches.
Although the church’s façade isn’t very impressive, and its look is rather modest, its interior is extravagantly decorated. Since there is very little natural light inside the church, it is filled with candles, which create a very special atmosphere.
The interior of the church, with one nave, is adorned with extremely rich stuccos, marbles and golds.
Notheworthy are the the beautiful vault ceiling by Giuseppe and Andrea Orazi depicting the “Triumph of Faith Over Heresy”.
The second chapel altarpiece is “Jesus Appearing To The Saints” by Nicholas Lorrain”.
In the third chapel on the left is Guercino’s The Most Holy Trinity” and Guido Reni’s s portrait of Cardinal Berlinghero Gessi.
The organ is very remarkable, interesting are the seventeenth-century paintings by Domenichino "S.Francesco in ecstasy" and "S.Francesco receives the stigmata" in the second chapel on the right, but the most famous work of the church is the Cornaro Chapel by Gian Lorenzo Bernini.
Cardinal Federico Cornaro commissioned Bernini a chapel in 1645, at a time when the artist was not enjoying the favour of the papal court.
The Cornaro (or Corner) were a very important and rich Venetian family which included Caterina Cornaro who was Queen of Cyprus in the late XVth century and a number of dogi, Venice's supreme magistrates.
With the Cardinal, Bernini did not have budget limitations and he and his team worked for years (1647-1651) on a chapel in honour of St. Theresa in the church of S. Maria della Vittoria.
The Cornaro chapel is perhaps the richest of all the chapels, designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini who coordinated a team of sculptors and high level artisans. In fact Cardinal Cornaro required Bernini to execute personally the sculptures and the outcome is one of his masterpieces.
Cardinal Cornaro wanted many members (including ancestors) of his family to be commemorated, so Bernini devised two reliefs showing them in the background of the nave of a church. The first impression is to see them in the boxes of a theatre.
On the altar, in the middle of the chapel, the two marble figures of Santa Teresa and the Angel are surrounded by divine light beams materialized into bronze.
In these theatre boxes at the two sides of the altar, Bernini portrayed members of the family: while Cardinal Cornaro is engrossed in watching the ecstasy of St. Theresa, the other men in the box are busy chatting.
It is a sort of “marble stage” : seven cardinals and a doge of the Cornaro family are depicted inside two theatrical stages to admire the spectacle constituted by the Ecstasy of S Teresa.
"Santa Teresa trafitta dall’amore di Dio" (Ecstasy of St Teresa) is an extraordinary work of art, Bernini’s extravagant and sexually charged masterpiece.
This daring sculpture depicts Teresa, engulfed in the folds of a flowing cloak, floating in ecstasy on a cloud while a teasing angel pierces her repeatedly with a golden arrow.
The light falls from hidden windows in the top of the altar on the statues of the saint and of the angel.
The use of golden rays will again be considered by Bernini in St Peter's Chair of St Peter.
Although this small church looks rather modest from outside, we were impressed by its art treasures it holds inside.
We will go back one day.
A must visit.

Written March 23, 2020
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Noraatc
Sudbury, MA24,945 contributions
Bernini’ Santa Teresa and much more
Dec 2019 • Solo
Chiesa di Santa Maria Della Vittoria is home to the magical Bernini’s masterpiece: “The ecstasy of Santa Teresa”. For me, it is one of the most stunning example of Bernini’s art and I kind of agree with Simon Schama’s interpretation of what the ecstasy is all about. Teresa's face is so human, in Bernini’s interpretation, there is nothing divine about it, and this is exactly what I liked the most.

The interior of this small one nave church is surprisingly opulent and lavish: beautiful ceiling, multicolored marble columns, elaborate gilded stucco sculptures, beautiful paintings by Guercino, Domenichino and other masters.

I was very fortunate to visit Chiesa di Santa Maria Della Vittoria twice during my latest visit to Rome. Unforgettable!
Written February 25, 2020
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Am.Arte.Lover
Trieste, Italy250 contributions
Effervescent Barroque
Feb 2020 • Solo
One of the most living clear expression of Barrochian Style. As everyone mentions Bernini is there but building itself deserves the whole visit. A place for not to be missed!
Written February 17, 2020
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Aussies11
Montelparo, Italy4,555 contributions
Beautiful and centrally located
Feb 2020
By chance we popped into a second-hand bookshop on Via Nomentana and after chatting to the owner he recommended we visit this church as it was only 4 bus stops away. Not only that, but in his opinion it was one of the best examples of Baroque Roman architecture and decoration; as well as being the home of Bernini's famous sculpture of St. Teresa of Avila. We found the church easily, there were lots of visitors but we managed to capture the details of the various chapels within the church, the stained glass windows and artworks. The variety of coloured marble used in the church is amazing. The highlight is the statue of St. Teresa, it is backlit which gives it an even more splendid glow. When you think this was sculpted out of marble, it makes you wonder how Bernini managed to make the draping of the saint's clothing so realistic. Don't miss the sacristy on the right hand side of the altar. There is no entrance fee, and this is a relief in Rome!
Written February 9, 2020
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Steve W
1,276 contributions
a final visit
Jan 2020
before we left for home we were recommended to see this place as we just fit it in Santa Maria Della Vittoria what a sight to see even in the late evening with the lights showing we were both impressed with what we could see and it was the best final visit to se before we left for home
Written January 25, 2020
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Mary
Binghamton, NY64 contributions
So beautiful I cried
Dec 2019
My heart was so deeply moved by the beautiful sculptures and fresco. They are not simply works of art they are treasures
Written January 23, 2020
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Stuart Wade
Blackpool, UK41 contributions
Breathtaking
Aug 2019 • Couples
My sole purpose to visit Rome was to come to this chapel. The Ecstasy of St. Theresa was stunning and something I've always wanted to see in person. The chapel itself was adorned in the most beautiful frescoes, art and design. For a chapel this size it beats any of its larger contemporaries.
Written January 3, 2020
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