Sunday, October 27, 2013

Sant'Agnese in Agone

Piazza Navona

Sant'Agnese in Agone is a 17th century Baroque church originally designed by Girolamo Rainaldi and son Carlo,  for the Pamphilj pope, Innocent X, but in 1653 architect Francesco Borromini replaced Rainaldi to finish the design and facade of the church to what we see today.
Bernini and Borromini were great rivals during the Baroque period, often fighting for the same commissions. There is a legend that Bernini designed one of his giants in the Fountain of the Four Rivers with an arm raised to the church facade to protect himself from Borromini's church toppling onto the fountain — the legend is clearly untrue as Bernini's fountain was installed before the church was even finished.
The church was consecrated in 1672 and is situated next to the Pamphilj Palace in Piazza Navona.
It was built on the site of a previous church dedicated to Saint Agnes, who was a young virgin in the 3rd century AD, captured to be tortured and raped, only to be saved by the miraculous growing of her hair to cover her modesty.
Beneath the church are Roman ruins believed to be the crypt where St Agnese was humiliated, which can be visited by climbing down a staircase behind the left pillar of the altar of St Alexis.
Inside the church are statues and altars by Alessandro Alegardi, Domenico Guido, Ercole Ferrata and Antonio Raggi.
The dome frescoes of the Assumption are by Ciro Ferri (1670) and the pendentives, by il Baciccio date from between 1662 and 1672.

Sant'Agnese in Agone is open week days from 9.30am until 12pm and 1.30pm until 7pm

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