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Santa Maria in Montesanto

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Santa Maria in Montesanto

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Noraatc wrote a review Nov 9
Sudbury, Massachusetts22,113 contributions1,020 helpful votes
Chiesa Santa Maria in Montesanto is a more attractive twin sister of Chiesa di Santa Maria dei Miracoli. Both churches form kind of a gateway to one of the most popular piazzas in Rome, Piazza Del Popolo. I visited Chiesa Santa Maria in Montesanto during the evening service with very few people inside. The interior is simple and graceful; the oval shaped ceiling is especially attractive. Bernini participated in the design of the exterior with its beautiful statues.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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dapper777 wrote a review May 2020
Monaco22,711 contributions2,298 helpful votes
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Santa Maria di Montesanto owes its name to a church that was previously located at the beginning of via del Babuino run by the Reforned Carmelites friars of Monte Santo in Sicily, and dedicated to Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Pope Alexander VII promoted several initiatives to improve the section of Via del Corso from Piazza Colonna (where his family palace was located) to Piazza del Popolo. In 1661 he commissioned Carlo Rainaldi the design of two churches at the northern end of the street so that they would provide a monumental entrance to Rome in conjunction with the gate and the obelisk. The two churches are not identical. Santa Maria in Montesanto was built first and it has an elliptical dome, whereas that of S. Maria dei Miracoli is circular. The construction of the two churches was mainly financed by Cardinal Girolamo Gastaldi, a member of a wealthy Genoese family, who obtained to be buried with his brother at the side of the main altar of S. Maria dei Miracoli. The churches were completed in 1681 and their final design was based on advice given by Bernini. The bell tower by Francesco Navone dates back to the the eighteenth-century. The interior has an elliptical plan with a dodecagonal dome, dominated by the white of the beautiful stuccos, which gives an overall tone of elegance. The six side chapels are variously and richly polychrome. Notheworty: in the third left chapel (Chapel Montioni), an altarpiece with 'The Virgin with Child and Saints James the Great and Francis of Assisi by Carlo Maratta (1687), 'St. James Major curing a cripple" by Daniel Seiter, "The Apparition of Mary" by Luigi Garzi and the fresco 'The Assumption of Our Lady' by Giuseppe Chiari. On the main altar there is the miraculous image of the Virgin of Monte Santo, a 16th century work. The church is known for being "the church of artists", linked over the years to the artistic and literary world of via del Babuino and via Margutta, and, in general, to all artists, actors, directors, writers, poets of Rome, whose celebrations and funerals often take place here. Interesting but not easy to visit for its opening and closing hours.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Tom J wrote a review May 2019
London, United Kingdom1,373 contributions842 helpful votes
The Santa Maria in Montesanto is one of two churches that frame the Piazza del Popolo and is certainly one you cannot miss. Be sure to pop in and check it out as the art work along is worth the stop. The other church I do not believe opens.
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Date of experience: April 2019
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SoCalOregonian wrote a review Jun 2018
Murrieta, California9,164 contributions1,009 helpful votes
This 17th century church, is one of two that flank Via del Corso, in Piazza del Popolo and was completed in 1679, and designated a minor basilica in 1825. It has a large portico, covering the main entry portal, supported by 4 large columns above which is an inscription that mentions Cardinal Gastaldi and an empty tympanum that looks to be awaiting a sculpture. Two side doors sit at an angle just off the portico. This Basilica is also “Church of the Artists” and the day we visited, it was closed due to a funeral being held for an Italian actor.
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Date of experience: April 2018
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carlosmp wrote a review Feb 2018
Rio de Janeiro, RJ4,539 contributions595 helpful votes
A nice and famous church since its inauguration for the funerals of important people. Actually, two twin churches, but one never opens. The other, some nice art pieces, the architecture and the beauty. However, it is closed for 4 hours everyday From 12:30 to 16:30. I think this is ridiculous for a city like Rome.
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Date of experience: February 2018
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