Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Santissima Trinità dei Pellegrini

Piazza della Trinità dei Pellegrini

This quite, ochre coloured church is located in a small piazza not far from the Palazzo Spada,Via Giulia and Ponte Sisto.
It was built in the early 17th century on the site of a small parish church and was named Most Holy Trinity of Pilgrims and dedicated to the pilgrims who travelled to Rome.
The architect was Martino Longhi the Elder and building began in 1587 but it wasn't until 1723 that the Baroque facade was completed by Francesco de Santis, the architect who designed the Spanish Steps. Bernardino Ludovisi created the statues of the Evangelists in the facade's niches.

The church has three chapels either side of the nave, the high altarpiece of  the Holy Trinity (1625) is by Guido Reni.
In the second chapel on the right is Filippo Bigioli di Sanseverino's 'Vision of Our Lady to St Philip'.
In the first chapel on the left is an altarpiece by il Borgognone (1677) of the 'Madonna and Child with Saints'.
In the second chapel, left side is the Virgin and Saints by Cavaliere d'Arpino.
The third chapel on the left, decorated with frescoes also holds the altarpiece 'St Gregory Freeing the Souls from Purgatory' by Baldassare Croce.
The church is open weekdays from 7am - 12pm and 4.30pm - 7.30pm

Guido Reni

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These are a few of my favourite books about Rome

The Cardinal's Hat by Mary Hollingsworth
This book tells the story of one of the sons of Lucrezia Borgia who became a cardinal during the 16th century.

The Tigress of Forli by Elizabeth Lev
I love this book telling the story of Caterina Sforza who was fighting against the Borgia pope to retain the rights of her land and her freedom.

The Popes by John Julius Norwich
A detailed but easy and enjoyable book to read about the history of the papacy and the popes.

The Pope's Daughter by Caroline P Murphy
This book describes in beautiful detail, the life and times of Pope Julius II daughter, Felice della Rovere.

The Families Who Made Rome by Anthony Majanlahti
I love this Book! It explains the families who made Rome what it is as we see it today and also looks at their triumphs, scandals and failures.

Rome by Robert Hughes
This book explains Rome from its beginning and expands on the Renaissance and Baroque until present times.

The Lost Painting by Jonathan Harr
Another of my favourite reads about a lost Caravaggio painting and the search for its provenance.