Twin Churches in Rome in Piazza del Popolo

Roma, Piazza del Popolo, Santa Maria di Monte ...

Roma, Piazza del Popolo, Santa Maria di Monte Santo und Santa Maria dei Miracoli (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are twin churches in Rome. Visit the symmetrical (almost) twin Baroque churches of Santa Maria dei Miracoli (1681) and Santa Maria in Montesanto (1679).

Santa Maria in Montesanto

Santa Maria in Montesanto (Photo credit: jnshaumeyer)

These churches were started by Carlo Rainaldi and eventually finished by Bernini and Carlo Fontana. Carlo Rainaldi also designed the facade of Sant’Andrea delle Valle and Santa Maria in Campitelli.

Piazza del Popolo

Piazza del Popolo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rome, Piazza del Popolo, Obélisque et églises ...

Rome, Piazza del Popolo, Obélisque et églises Santa Maria (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Carlo Fontana created many monumental structures in Rome including: the cupola of the Cybo Chapel in Santa Maria del Popolo and the Ginetti Chapel in Sant’Andrea della Valle. He is responsible for one of the fountains in front of Saint Peter’s Basilica and he restored the fountain in front of Santa Maria in Trastevere which is one of the oldest fountains in Rome.

Roma - Piazza del Popolo

Roma – Piazza del Popolo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Santa Maria Montesanto

These churches define the crossroads of Via del Corso, Via del Babuino and Via di Ripetta in Rome. This area is called il Triente.

Santa Maria dei Miracoli
Santa Maria dei Miracoli in Piazza Popolo

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Santa Maria Miracoli Altar in Piazza Popolo
Main Altar, Santa Maria in Montesanto, Rome De...

Main Altar, Santa Maria in Montesanto, Rome Deutsch: Hauptaltar der Kirche Santa Maria in Montesanto, Rom (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The two charming churches of Santa Maria di Montesanto (left) and Santa Maria dei Miracoli are brimming with interesting art.

Main Altar, Santa Maria in Montesanto, Rome

Main Altar, Santa Maria in Montesanto, Rome (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Santa Maria di Montesanto was erected first (1678) and Santa Maria dei Miracoli a few years later (1681).

Santa Maria in Montesanto was built over a church with the same name that was built on Via del Babuino. It was occupied by Carmelite monks. The name Montesanto means Holy Mountain and was named after Mount Carmel in Israel. Cardinal Gerolamo Gastaldi was instrumental in the construction of the church. It was completed in 1675. A belfry was added in the 18th century.

Saint Lucy, 1521, is a High Renaissance recast...

Saint Lucy, 1521, is a High Renaissance recasting of a Gothic iconic image. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There is a lovely chapel dedicated to Saint Lucy. She is the patron saint of the blind.

There is also a Chapel dedicated to Santa Maria Magdelena de Pazzi who was cannonized by Pope Clemente XI in 1669. Carlo Maratta painted a beautiful altarpiece in the church, “Madonna with Child and Saints Francis and Jacob.”

Pedro de Moya - Vision of St Maria Magdalena d...

Pedro de Moya – Vision of St Maria Magdalena di Pazzi – WGA16308 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There is a bust of Carlo Maratta in the Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli in Rome near the Termini Train Station. The presbytery has angels by Filippo Carcani with a 15th century altarpiece, “Virgin of Montesanto.” The columns are from Bernini’s bell tower at St. Peter’s Basilica

Santa Maria degli Angeli in Rome, Italy: bust ...

Santa Maria degli Angeli in Rome, Italy: bust of painter Carlo Maratta (1625-1713). It was designed by Carlo Maratta himself, who had his brother Francesco Maratta work at the sculptures. Picture by Giovanni Dall’Orto, June 17 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Campo Marzio - Piazza del Popolo Santa Maria d...

Campo Marzio – Piazza del Popolo Santa Maria dei Miracoli 1000132 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The high altar of Santa Maria dei Miracoli has the miraculous image of Our Lady of Miracles. There is a chapel dedicated to Our Lady of Betharram, named after a shrine in Lourdes France. The image of the sacred Madonna is on the high altar is surrounded by four marble angels by Antonia Raggi. Raggi was a student of Bernini who mastered the art of theatrical angels.

Santa Maria dei Miracoli, above main altar

Santa Maria dei Miracoli, above main altar (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides at www.vino-con-vista.com

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