Santa Maria in Montesanto

Santa Maria in Montesanto, Rome

Santa Maria in Montesanto
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One of the two beautiful twin churches on the southern part of Piazza del Popolo, on Via del Corso in Rome.
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The area
Neighborhood: Centro
How to get there
  • Flaminio - Piazza del Popolo • 3 min walk
  • Lepanto • 10 min walk
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Noraatc
Sudbury, MA28,361 contributions
Dec 2019 • Solo
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.
Written November 9, 2020
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dapper777
Monaco32,075 contributions
Oct 2019 • Friends
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.
Written May 31, 2020
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Tom J
London, UK1,364 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
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.
Written May 21, 2019
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SoCalOregonian
Murrieta, CA9,531 contributions
Apr 2018 • Couples
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.
Written June 24, 2018
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carlosmp
Rio de Janeiro, RJ4,588 contributions
Feb 2018 • Couples
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.
Written February 16, 2018
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JnVSydney
Greater Sydney, Australia11,940 contributions
Jan 2018 • Couples
One of two nearly identical, chuches on the surrounds of Piazza del Popolo. They both give the impression they are forming a grand entrance, to via del corso. To us this church and its twin are your typical wedding cake style structures, very ornate in design. Definitely worth a look during a visit to the area.
Written January 23, 2018
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia36,253 contributions
Jun 2017 • Couples
Santa Maria in Montesanto is a really interesting church. It is architecturally beautiful both outside and inside. The interior also contains some very worthwhile art to see. It is one of two churches standing side by side in Piazza del Popolo, itself a lovely spot. The two churches are often referred to as twins, because of their striking similarities. They date back to the 17th century and in fact stand on ground previously occupied by even older churches. There is much more history to the churches as indeed to the whole area. It is a site well worth visiting if you get the time, as you probably should!
Written October 22, 2017
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Michaela
El Dorado Hills, CA1,527 contributions
Sep 2017 • Couples
There are two churches in the Piazza del Popolo that face the northern side of the Aurelian Walls. The two churches look very much alike and sometimes are called “twins.”

You will see is a trident of streets as you look from the Popolo, and starting from the left is the Via del Babuino, Via del Corso and Via del Ripetta. We were staying on the Via del Babuino at the Hotel de Russie and were fortunate that our fifth floor room faced onto the dome of the Montesanto, the first of the twin churches. The two do have similar external appearances but they do have some differences, and it is interesting to contrast and compare. Take a look when you are relaxing in the square.The second church is called Santa Maria dei Miracoli.
Written October 5, 2017
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Alchemy
Cairns, Australia444 contributions
Sep 2017 • Couples
Well worth a visit if you're in the vicinity of the piazza del popolo. One of the twin churches here and full of history and amazing architecture.
Written September 11, 2017
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Ayhan A
Ankara, Turkey109 contributions
Jul 2017 • Family
Nice place to visit, not so big. In Piazza del Poppolo. You can reach bu train. Better to come afternoon.
Written July 24, 2017
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