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Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola

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Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola

3,809 Reviews
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Piazza Sant'Ignazio, 00186 Rome Italy
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Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica Tour

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Home to some of the world’s most iconic paintings, the Vatican Museums attract huge crowds. Save yourself hours of waiting by booking this skip-the-line tour of the Sistine Chapel, Raphael’s Rooms, and St. Peter’s Basilica (when the option is selected) in Rome. Early morning and evening tour options mean you can explore the complex during far less crowded time slots. Upgrade to a small-group tour limited to 10 people for a more personalized experience.
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Emerson G wrote a review Oct 2020
Jundiai, SP706 contributions300 helpful votes
As this is not one of the main places to see in Rome, i had not heard about this spectacular church before visiting it. We were coming from Fontana di trevi to the pantheon and found this great and wonderful church. Amazing painting, arts and details ! Don’t miss it !
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Mairwen1 wrote a review Jul 2020
Sydney, Australia2,793 contributions933 helpful votes
If you only have a couple of days in Rome, then you will probably be busy seeing the Colosseum and other more 'must-see' sights. If you have some extra time and want to explore beyond the main sights, then this is an amazing church with some quite unique and surprising features. It is only a couple of minutes from the Pantheon. Entry is free (or by donation) and there are no queues. Inside it is quiet and uncrowded and you can escape the hordes. The first impression when you enter is of lavishness and extravagant Baroque style decoration but in fact the two main features of the church are both fakes or optical illusions. The best feature is the dome. It’s a total fake but it’s so good that unless you know, you might not even notice anything out of the ordinary. As you head towards the altar, look for a disc on the floor. When you stand on it and look up, it’s hard to imagine that the dome isn’t real. You have to remind yourself that it is really just a flat ceiling with paint. Once you move off the disc and get closer to the altar, the optical illusion starts to fall apart. I amused myself for some time by moving off the disc and moving back again just to check out the way that the 3D effect changes. Apparently the false dome was created because they ran out of money to build an actual dome. You can’t help but admire their inventiveness. The other great illusion is the ceiling fresco showing St Ignatius being carried by angels towards heaven while sinners tumble down to Hell. If you want to avoid neck sprain, there’s a large mirror on the ground so you can see it better. The fresco makes the ceiling vanish away into open sky and the walls are painted to make the basilica look twice as tall as it really is. It’s all lightness and brightness as St Ignatius ascends to Heaven through endless skies. The figures on each of the four sides of the fresco captured out attention and amused us. They represent each of the continents of the known world. Europe is represented as a woman riding a horse and wearing a crown. However Asia is shown riding a camel but she doesn't seem to have any basic camel-riding skills and is sort of slumped across its back, about to fall off. The camel just looks surprised. America is wearing a feathered head-dress and holding a spear while sitting on a tiger. I’m not sure why the tiger was in America but it doesn't seem a very sensible choice of seats. Likewise, Africa who is sitting on a crocodile – surely that can’t end well. Both the dome and the ceiling were created by the Jesuit artist, Andrea Pozzo. As well as being a genius with a brush, he was a brilliant mathematician which helped with figuring out the amazing perspective.
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Date of experience: August 2019
Jon L wrote a review Apr 2020
Olathe, Kansas234 contributions81 helpful votes
I'd been to Rome 10 years ago, and missed a lot of stuff due to travelling with kids. My travel partner, my youngest, is older now and a road warrior like me, so we finally went. It's beautiful, and the tromp l'olieil ceiling is worth seeing. My pictures are trash, but it's amazing and you should see it with you own eyes.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Jan-Erik P wrote a review Mar 2020
Tvedestrand, Norway259 contributions25 helpful votes
Free entry and breathtaking inside. Very cool feature is a large mirror standing on the floor with magnifying effect which allows you to view the amazing wall paintings.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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gth6415 wrote a review Mar 2020
Florida100 contributions16 helpful votes
This was a hidden gem in the city center near the Pantheon. Surprised it isn't highlighted as a must see as the Baroque Frescoes are absolutely breathtaking...and a wonderful example of trompe l'oeil ("trick of the eye").
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Date of experience: December 2019
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