Santa Maria in Montesanto
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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Neighborhood: Centro
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  • Flaminio - Piazza del Popolo • 3 min walk
  • Lepanto • 10 min walk
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Gabriel H
Bellaire, TX7,111 contributions
Apr 2016 • Couples
The Piazza del Popolo is a great start for viewing Rome, and this church is one of three on the square that deserve a visit. Located on the Southern side of the square, it has a strong resemblance to its "twin", Santa maria dei Miracoli. It was built in the mid-17th century by the same architect of its twin, Carlo Rainaldi, but had remodeling performed by Fontana and Bernini. In contrast to its twin, the interior has an elliptical design, and the cupola also looks different from the inside. The bellfry that also looks at cvia del Corso is quite different from its twin. Multiple chapels, dedicated to different saints in the Catholic hierarchy offer works of art well worth a detailed visit. Of note, the statues of saints on the outside of the church are reminiscent of Bernini's sculptures.
Written May 17, 2016
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The Spanish Steps Apartment
Rome, Italy30,104 contributions
Feb 2015 • Couples
One of the "twin churches" of Piazza del Popolo (the other being Santa Maria dei Miracoli), this is the church on the left as you stand in the piazza facing the two churches. This is Baroque church of the 17th century, with a pretty (and elegantly pure) dome. This is also known as the "church of the artists." I've found it a bit hard to get into -- it is closed much more frequently than its "twin" -- but finally was able to drop by on a Sunday morning. Worth a quick visit if you are exploring the beautiful Piazza del Popolo.
Written February 16, 2015
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TheShis
Tel Aviv, Israel39,612 contributions
Apr 2012 • Couples
This church is almost identical to its twin sister church Santa Maria dei Miracoli.
They both occupy one end of Popolo Square and are a nice to look at (although quite ordinary inside).
Written May 27, 2012
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China159,632 contributions
Feb 2012 • Couples
When visiting Piazza del Popolo, you can't help but notice two, seemingly identical churches on the southern end of the square, separating Via del Corso. These two churches were designed and constructed around the same time in the late 17th century and they make a nice addition to the general surrounds which can be found on the piazza.

Santa Maria in Montesanto, like its sister (twin) church, Santa Maria dei Miracoli are both attractive from the outside and seem perfectly set in their positions on the southern end of the piazza at the head of Via del Corso. We preferred the exterior of Santa Maria in Montesanto a bit more from up close but liked the bell tower which complimented the dome a bit better for Santa Maria dei Miracoli. The good news is that you can see and photograph both easily from the grounds at Piazza del Popolo due to the large open space you can find here. If you look at the church from the northern end of the square, you can include the obelisk in the picture frame as well.

If you plan to visit the piazza, you may want to pop in for a few minutes to see Santa Maria in Montesanto and/or Santa Maria dei Miracoli, just keep in mind that both are closed during the afternoon. However, if you are a bit short on time, we'd suggest visiting Santa Maria dei Popolo church at the northern end of the piazza instead. This is a much larger and important church with some very nice attractions inside.
Written May 23, 2012
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Tom J
London, UK1,622 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, CA10,390 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, RJ4,641 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, Australia18,442 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, Australia45,296 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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