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“Superb illusionary ceiling and dome paintings in Sant' Ignazio di Loyola”

Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola
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Small Group Roman Dolce Vita with Local Tips
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“Superb illusionary ceiling and dome paintings in Sant' Ignazio di Loyola”
Reviewed March 27, 2012

This Baroque era church is fascinating for the illusionary dome and ceiling painting put in place here by Andrea Pozzo, a master of optical illusion painting during his time. The reason for this was due to the church being completed without a dome back in 1685.

The dome illusion painting near the altar is most impressive. When you view it from the front, it honestly appears like the inside of dome structure. You can only tell it is just an optical illusion (slanted painting) after you walk around to the side to see how the shapes take form.

Further, the main nave ceiling painting is of the same nature. With a deceptive upward painting that is very beautiful to view, a unique find in the centre of Rome.

We also enjoyed the nicely painted and decorated chapel, statues and wall murals found within the church, classic Baroque era stuff, some of the best on display in Rome.

We enjoyed the interesting circular model of world churches found near the entrance of the church. It was fun spotting those we have been lucky enough to have visited as well as those that remain on our long list of places to visit and those we were not yet even aware of. Much remains to be learned it seems.

Lastly, there is a small but creatively designed piazza directly in front of Sant'Ignazio Di Loyola that is quite attractive to look at before or after visiting the church.

In addition to this lovely church and piazza, you are very near to the very good Santa Maria sopra Minerva church and the important Pantheon attraction amongst many others. Combined you can easily fill the better part of ½ or ¾ of a day in sight-seeing in this central part of Rome.

Overall, we really enjoy Sant'Ignazio Di Loyola first because we are slightly biased towards Baroque churches but mainly this one scores so high because of the illusionary ceiling and dome paintings inside that are unique for Rome and very fascinating to look at.

Visited February 2012
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“What a show!”
Reviewed March 26, 2012

Found this by chance on our last day. What an incredible ceiling fresco! Go, even if only fir a quick peek on your way somewhere else. You won't regret it!

Visited March 2012
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“Bets paintings!”
Reviewed March 26, 2012

It's not the Sistine Chapel but the paintings are absolutely amazing with great story. Really interesting for art lovers,

Visited April 2011
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“Worth a look”
Reviewed March 24, 2012

We found this church by accident. Worth a look , impressive art and architechture

Visited March 2012
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“One of my favourite churches in Rome....”
Reviewed March 24, 2012

Very beautiful church (especially the altar) and is a good place to pray too since it is one of the quietest churches I visited while in Rome.

Visited March 2012
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