Saturday, November 9, 2013

San Lorenzo in Lucina

where: Piazza di San Lorenzo in Lucina, 16
open: daily 8:00-20:00

San Lorenzo in Lucina is just off the Corso, in the piazza named for the church, and dedicated to Saint Lawrence, martyr and patron saint of comedians and chefs.
San Lorenzo in Lucina is a minor basilica and there has been a church on this spot from as far back as the 4th century.
The facade dates from the 12th century and the interior has been redesigned and remodeled many, many  times.
The last restoration was in the 19th century and luckily there are still some beautiful altarpieces in situ, like the Crucifixion by Guido Reni dating from 1640 at the high altar. At the altar below, is also the relic of the gridiron that roasted San Lorenzo.
The forth chapel on the right is the Chapel of Our Lady of the Annunciation. It was designed by Gianlorenzo Bernini and includes the bust of Gabriel Forseca, the chapel's patron. This chapel also has a painting of the Annunciation from 1664 by Ludovico Gimignani, a copy of Guido Reni's original altarpiece in Sant'Andrea al Quirinale.

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