getting there: metro linea A/Barberini
The church was dedicated – to God in Honour of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary – and belonged to the Franciscan order whose convent was next door.
Today the church is better known for the Crypt of the Cappuccini Friars, now a museum below the church. Through the museum entrance, at a cost €8.50 the crypt, displaying the bones of exhumed Capuchin monks fashioned into wall decorations, chandeliers (and even a clock face) some dressed in monks robes and positioned in the chapels, can be seen along with the history of the Capuchin friars and the painting of Saint Francis in Prayer attributed to Caravaggio.
The barrel vaulted ceiling, showing the Assumption was decorated by Liborio Coccetti and dates to 1796. The ten chapels are closed off by original wooden gates.
In the first chapel on the right is the altarpiece of Saint Michael the Archangel (1635) by Guido Reni. On the side wall is Christ Mocked by Gherardo delle Notti.
In the third chapel is the Ecstasy of Saint Francis by Domenichino from 1641.
|Guido Reni -right 1st chapel|
|Mario Balassi - right 2nd chapel|
|Domenichino - right 3rd chapel|
|Biaccio Ciarpi - right 4th chapel|
|Andrea Sacchi - right 5th chapel|
|Pietro da Cortona - left 1st chapel|
|ceiling - Liborio Coccetti (1796)|