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Church of Saint Nicholas of the Lorrains

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Largo Febo 17, 00186 Rome Italy
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dapper777 wrote a review Mar 2020
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This tiny church opposite Santa Maria dell'Anima is dedicated to Saint Nicholas of Bari and the Apostle Andrew. It is said to be the smallest church in Rome with a dome. If the church is not open, the single nave and two chapels, decorated with polychrome marble and gilded stucco, could be seen through the locked iron gate. There was a community of Lorrainers living in Rome already in CXIV. They often worked within the Curia Romana editing and sending papal bulls and papal briefs. In 1508 the community turned into a Confraternity under the patronage of St.Nicholas and St. Caterina. Pope Gregorius XV made them a donation of the church of S.Caterina in Agone. The latter was then restored numerous times and finally rebuilt under the project of the French architect François du Jardin: the construction was initiated in 1625, completed in 1636, and dedicated to St..Nicholas of the Lorrrainers. Around 1733 Corrado Giaquinto was commissioned to decorate the church with frescoes of St Nicholas, the Three Theological Virtues, the Three Cardinal Virtues and Paradise in the dome, walls and ceiling. Other artists who decorated the church were Francesco Antonozzi and Nicola Lorenese. .The façade has two orders. In the middle the portal opens up with two empty niches by the sides. On the upper level there is a central window. The interior is based on a rectangular plan with a vaulted ceiling and two side chapels. The internal coating made of polychrome marbles was carried out by Giovanni Andrea Volponi and Giuseppe Maria Bay (1748). Noteworthy is the stucco bas-reliefs by Giovanni Battista Grossi dating back to the second half of the 1700s. It is a small church, a stone's throw from Piazza Navona, in the small Piazza Febo. It is one of the five French Catholic churches in Rome. The mass and funcions are celebrated in French. We always stop by for a prayer, for few minutes when we are around Piazza Navona. We like it, You will like it.
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