Chiesa di Santa Maria Maddalena

Chiesa di Santa Maria Maddalena

Chiesa di Santa Maria Maddalena
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Foodie_CST🍽🇷🇴
Kolios, Greece5,191 contributions
May 2019 • Family
Pretty lovely Chruch close to our location, we stuble upon it on our way to Trevi Fountain. Worth a check if you are in the area but not a must visit.
Written May 27, 2019
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dapper777
Monaco32,214 contributions
Aug 2019
It is a beautiful baroque Roman church dedicated to St. Mary Magdalene, near the Pantheon. Built by the hand of Giacomo della Porta, Carlo Maderno and Francesco Paparelli, in 1668-1685. It is uncertain who designed the curved main facade, which was finished circa 1735 and is Rococo, an unusual, very ornate style in Roman church facades.
The peculiarity of the church consists of the numerous chapels, all richly decorated. The ceilings were painted by Sebastiano Conca.
On top of the altar there is the painting of a Madonna dated C.XII, where the church gets its name attached to the Mother House of Camillians, Order of the Ministers of the Infirm.
Despite its central location, Santa Maria Maddalena is rarely crowded: whereas thousands of people gather in front of the Pantheon about 200 feet away, few manage to pass through here.
The church is not notable for any single great work, painting or altarpiece, but it is covered in frescoes and dripping with details. The organ lofts are impressive feats of architecture!
There is a great religious atmosphere, you naturally slow down and hold your breath the moment you enter the church: it a beautiful oasis and a place to step away and reflect, if only for a few moments.
We decided to stop in as we passed by and it was so worth the diversion.
Take a minute and gaze on the wonder that is the inside of this lovely baroque, and highly ornate church.
You will like it.
Written September 12, 2019
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AllanJGJ
Wellington, New Zealand3,567 contributions
Oct 2019
We sought this church out given that it's Rococo style is apparently highly unusual in Rome. Unfortunately the exterior was completely smothered in scaffolding. But internally it was still worth a look with some striking over-the-top Rococo features. Perhaps not worth a special trip unless you are a dedicated collector of churches, but if you're passing...
Written October 30, 2019
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GrannyBuckles
Goodshaw, United Kingdom41 contributions
Sep 2016
In contrast to the pantheon a couple of streets away, this church is the most breathtakingly beautiful and serene place. Please go, don't spoil the silence and make sure you donate!
Written September 5, 2016
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Else C
Brussels, Belgium9 contributions
Jul 2016 • Family
Admire the 3 works of Caravaggio dedicated to St Matthew - in the chapel left of the altar. This is way better than an overcrowded museum ! You can marvel at Caravaggio's famous clair-obscur technique and see the paintings at the location where they were destined for.
Written July 3, 2016
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Jacqueline P
79 contributions
Mar 2019
Fantastic building, must be seen to be appreciated, the decor inside is so inspiring, ornately decorated
Written April 20, 2019
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KTGP
Adelaide, Australia5,904 contributions
May 2016 • Couples
We stumbled upon Chiesa di Santa Maria Maddalena, (Church of Mary Magdalene), when walking to Chiesa di Sant' Ignazio di Loyola. The church started as a small chapel built 1320, then in 1586 the church with adjoining hospital was assigned to Camillus de Lellis, founder of the Camillians, who cared for the wounded and sick. Reconstruction on the church started in 1631 and continued at a slow pace. The highly decorative concave façade was completed in 1735. The façade statues either side of the door are, St. Camillus de Lellis on the right and St. Philip Neri to the left. The upper two statues flanking the window are St. Mary Magdalene on the left, with a bit of leg showing and St. Martha to the right.

The 1737 cupola fresco by Étienne Parrocel is unusual, as the clouds spill over the edge of the fresco giving them a 2D quality. The church contains the remains of St. Camillus de Lellis, (1550-1614) and the adjoining convent, built 1680 has a reliquary with his heart in.

This is a beautiful little church and like so many churches all over Rome, it is lovingly cared for, don’t know how they do it. Couldn’t agree more with a previous review, which suggests a small donation, this equally applies to all the smaller churches, to keep them going, for future generations, to marvel at the wonderful architecture.
Written November 27, 2016
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BettyKate
Castlegregory, Ireland305 contributions
Oct 2018 • Friends
I very much enjoy visiting this church. It is tastefully decorated, whilst elaborate it is not overpowering. There are numerous amazing paintings to admire as well as the elegant architecture.
I generally found the church to be a quiet and peaceful place where one can spend quality time in prayer, reflection and/or meditation. One thing I really like is the the candles you can light to support your prayer are still real candles which is a rarity in Rome.
Written October 9, 2018
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Maggi713
Baltimore, MD11,738 contributions
Dec 2016
Not far from The Pantheon, you will find this interesting church. It is unusual because of its curved façade which was completed in 1735. Again, tourists do not flock to see this church. While most of the churches in Rome are dedicated to Mary, the mother of Jesus, this church is dedicated to Mary Magdalene. You will be dazzled by the interior – it is decorated with marble, gilt stucco and stunning frescoes. In the chapel in the right transept is a miraculous crucifix that is said to have spoken to St Camillus de Lellis. In the third chapel on the right side of the nave are the remains of St Camillus de Lellis. He lived in the adjacent monastery and died here in 1614. His rooms can be visited by asking the sacristan. One of these rooms has been transformed into a chapel and contains the relic of his heart. Make sure you turn around and look at the organ in the rear of the church – it is spectacular.
Written February 6, 2017
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Tonirene172
Dunfermline, UK156 contributions
Oct 2016 • Couples
We just about missed this church on our way to the Pantheon. So serene and very beautiful. We spent more time in this chapel than we did at the Pantheon. Simply Stunning.
Written October 27, 2016
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