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.
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