metro - Linea A Flaminio/Spagna
Santa Maria di Montesanto and Santa Maria dei Miracoli are known as the twin churches because of their similar appearance.
They stand at the entrance of the Via del Corso in the Piazza del Popolo and were both commissioned by Cardinal Girolamo Gastaldi in the 17th century.
Santa Maria in Montesanto
The church is known as the Church of the Artists and has celebrated an Artists' Mass since the 1950s. 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 was added in the 18th century.
The sacristy was designed by Carlo Fontana.
The altarpiece of the Deposition is by Biagio Puccini and the vault fresco of the Glory of Angels with the Instruments of the Passion is attributed to the school of Baciccio.
The Chapel dedicated to Santa Maria Magdalena de Pazzi was designed by Carlo Rainaldi and the ceiling and altarpiece of the miracle of the Saint (c 1685) is by Ludovico Gimignani.
The Cappella Monitoni was designed by Tommaso Mattei. The altarpiece of the Madonna with Child and Saints Francis and Jacob (c 1687) is by Carlo Maratta.
The fresco of the Assumption is by Giuseppe Chiari.
In the Cappella di Sant'Anna are the paintings and altarpiece of the Holy Family by Nicholas Berrettoni with the 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 and Ludwig Venuti's the Story of Tobit and the Prophet Amos.
The church is open from Monday to Friday from 5pm until 8pm and Sundays from 10:30am until 1:30pm.
Santa Maria dei Miracoli
Construction began in 1675 after the completion of Santa Maria di Montesanto.
The church was finished in 1681 and the bell tower was also added in the 18th century.
The stucco interior decorations are by Antonio Raggi who was a pupil of Bernini.
The painting of Santa Maria dei Miracoli at the high altar, of which the church is named, is by an unknown artist and is surrounded by four angels by Antonio Raggi.
The church is open daily from 7am until 12:30pm and from 4pm until 7:30pm.