Churches and chapels

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San Giovanni in Laterano Baptistery – a water-filled cradle of Christianity

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Carafa Chapel – a place of Renaissance in every inch

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Cerasi Chapel – a clash of two artistic personalities

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Chigi Chapel – a treasury of esthetic sensations and religious emotions

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Contarelli Chapel – a place, where the surprised Matthew finds his path of life

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Del Monte Chapel – a stylistically balanced and artistically reserved place

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Chapel of Martyrdom of St. Peter (Tempietto) – an antique brought back to life

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Church of Dio Padre Misericordioso – a jewel of contemporary architecture in a sea of bleak apartment buildings

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Church of Il Gesù – modesty transformed into lavishness, meaning the stunning salon of the Jesuits

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Church of Sacro Cuore di Cristo Re, meaning, the beginning of a new era of sacral architecture

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Church of San Carlo al Corso – grandeur and splendor for an advocate of poverty

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Church of San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane – built out of hope and disappointment

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Church of San Giacomo in Augusta – a pilgrim church for the body and the spirit

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Church of San Girolamo dei Croati – here, where Jerome debates and preaches

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Church of San Lorenzo fuori le mura – a pilgrim basilica of admirable beauty

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Church of San Lorenzo in Fonte – a place of imprisonment and a miraculous conversion

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Church of San Lorenzo in Lucina – where Christ, joyfully floats up into the heavens

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Church of San Lorenzo in Miranda – a saint deacon in a pagan temple

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Church of San Lorenzo in Piscibus – deserted and modernized, yet moving

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Church of San Marcello al Corso – a church filled with beautiful tombstones

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Church of San Marco – where Venetians left their artistic mark

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Church of San Nicola da Tolentino – place, where Augustinians gave out their breads

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Church of San Nicola in Carcere – a church erected on a pagan cult site

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Church of San Pietro in Montorio – a place of artistic and religious contemplation

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Church of San Pietro in Vincoli – a pilgrimage to miraculous chains and a magnificent Moses

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Church of San Rocco – a church of the poor, the sick and the discarded

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Church of San Saba – a place filled with the spirit of the Middle Ages

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Church of San Stefano Protomartire – following in the footsteps of the cult of St. Stephen in Rome

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Church San Stefano Rotondo – a House of God filled with light and suffering

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Church of San Vitale – early Christianity and Jesuit propaganda at the busy via Nazionale

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Church of Sant’Agata dei Goti – a place of heretical services

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Church of Sant’Agnese fuori le mura – a spiritual idyll on the outskirts of the city

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Church of Sant’Agnese in Agone – a theatre of the senses and a mausoleum of memory

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Church of Sant’Andrea al Quirinale – the greatest construction of the ingenious Bernini

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Church of Sant’Andrea Catabarbara (nonexistent) – a valuable gift from a barbarian chieftain

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Church of Sant’Andrea della Valle – a foundation full of splendor and elegance

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Church of Sant’Andrea delle Fratte – where posthumously Bernini struggles with Borromini

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Church of Sant’Ignazio di Loyola – an area of false impressions and optical illusions

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Church of Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza – refined evidence of architectural genius

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Church of Santa Balbina – a breath of antiquity far away from tourist routes

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Church of Santa Bibiana – an oasis of art in the urban jungle

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Church of Santa Caterina da Siena a Magnanapoli – a breath of Bernini’s art

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Church Santa Cecilia – early Middle Ages in a Baroque and rococo sauce

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Church of Santa Constanza (the mausoleum of Constantina) – a little known pearl of early Christian art

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Church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli – a church welcoming and guarding pilgrims

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Church of Santa Maria del Popolo – a treasury of art and a mausoleum of family pride

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Church of Santa Maria della Vittoria – Baroque art on the move

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Church of Santa Maria di Loreto – paying a visit to the beautiful martyrs

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Church of Santa Maria in Aquiro – following the imitators and continuators of Caravaggio

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Church of Santa Maria in Cappella – the Middle Ages restored anew

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Church of Santa Maria in Domnica – a place, where the Virgin Mary is held by her foot

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Church of Santa Maria in Monserrato – the final resting place of two popes of famous reputation

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Church of Santa Maria in Montesanto – the guardian of a square, an elegant, harmonious and balanced church

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Church of Santa Maria Portea Paradisi – a place reminiscent of a gate to paradise

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Church of Santa Prisca – a church with a pagan underground and a fascinating Christian patron

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Church of Santa Pudenziana – an encounter with the art of late antiquity

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Church of Santa Sabina – beauty created out of stone, light and prayer

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Church of Santi Cosma e Damiano – famous for its mosaics and saint doctors

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Church of Santi Quattro Coronati – where, a mystic aura of the Middle Ages prevails

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Church of Santissimi Nomi di Gesù e Maria – an emotional theatre of death in a church interior

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San Silvestro Oratory – a propaganda leaflet, or a treatise on political harmony?

Caravaggio’s St. John the Baptist – a work of art, sacrilege, or child pornography?

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Caravaggio’s St. John the Baptist – a work of art, sacrilege, or child pornography?

Looking upon this painting do we not feel like intruders spying on a rather bizarre scene? It depicts a nude youth in a reclining pose, who stretches out on fur and white and red fabric, trying to encircle the head of a horned ram immediately behind him, which in turn – as it seems – will in a moment tenderly touch the boy's face with its mouth. The boy, seemingly surprised, turns his head towards us. In his gaze, we can see curiosity but also a frivolous, slightly teasing smile. For someone who is not familiar with the title of this work, the last thing that may come to his mind i...

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Julius III (1487–1555) – a dream about the power of ...a family

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Julius III (1487–1555) – a dream about the power of ...a family

He was not a significant bishop in Rome, and although we cannot accuse him of a lack of ambitions, these did not concern matters of the Church. He was one of the last popes of the Renaissance – fond of the pleasures of everyday life, the culture of antiquity, basing his rule on nepotism, and a man who valued art although for him it was above all a way to elevate his family (average at best) to the very top of the Roman black aristocracy – as quickly as possible and at any price.

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Del Monte Chapel – a stylistically balanced and artistically reserved place

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Del Monte Chapel – a stylistically balanced and artistically reserved place

In the pseudotransept of the Church of San Pietro in Montorio, we can come across a chapel which is definitely pleasant to look upon. The harmonious proportions, distinction, and moderation that can be seen there are a testimony of the skill of its creators. Truly, the del Monte Chapel is one of the most beautiful creations of the late Renaissance in the Eternal City, perhaps exactly due to the fact that it was created by the skilled Tuscans who desired to introduce a touch of Florentine elegance into its interior. And apparently, they succeeded.

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