Piazza del Popolo
metro - Linea A Flaminio/Spagna
Santa Maria di Montesanto and Santa Maria dei Miracoli are on either side of the start of the Via del Corso at the Piazza del Popolo.
They are known as the twin churches because of their similar appearance.
Built in the 17th century at the request of Pope Alexander VII the church on the left is known as the church of the artists and is elliptical inside while the church on the right has an oval interior.
Monday to Friday 10:00 – 12:00 & 17:00 – 20:00, Saturday 10:00 – 12:00
Sunday 11:00 – 13:00
Santa Maria di Montesanto is on the left of the Via del Corso. The church is a minor basilica, known as the Church of the Artists it has celebrated an Artists' Mass since 1950.
Construction of the church began in 1622. It was completed by Carlo Fontana in 1675 after designs by Carlo Rainaldi and Gianlorenzo Bernini. The bell tower wasn't added until the 18th century.
The sacristy was designed by Carlo Fontana. The Deposition altarpiece was by 17th century Roman artist Biagio Puccini. The vault fresco, Glory of Angels with the Instruments of the Passion, is attributed to the school of il Baciccio.
In the Chapel dedicated to Santa Maria Magdalena de Pazzi is the ceiling and altarpiece fresco of the miracle of the Saint.
decorated by Ludovico Gimignani
In the Cappella Monitoni is the altarpiece of the Madonna with Child and Saints Francis and Jacob
(c 1687) by Carlo Maratta
. The fresco of the Assumption
by Giuseppe Chiari.
In the Cappella di Sant'Anna are the paintings and altarpiece of the Holy Family by Nicholas Berrettoni with the surrounding stucco cherubs by Paolo Naldini.
The Cappella dei Crocifisso holds the Head of Goliath, and Judith with the Head of Holofernes (c 1822), by Ferdinando Cavallori.
Santa Maria dei Miracoli
Monday to Saturday 7:00 – 13:00 & 16:00 – 19:30, Sunday 8:00 – 13:00 & 16:30– 19:30
The Construction of Santa Maria dei Miracoli began after Santa Maria di Montesanto was completed.
The church is decorated with beautiful creamy stucco work by Baroque artist Antonio Raggi, who was a pupil of Bernini.
At the high altar is the painting, Santa Maria dei Miracoli, for which the church is named. It is by an unknown artist and is surrounded by four of Antonio Raggi Baroque angels.
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