Thursday, April 24, 2014

San Nicola da Tolentino

Salita San Nicola da Tolentino, 17
metro Linea A Barberini

Not far from Piazza Barberini is this early 17th century Baroque church dedicated to the Augustinian friar, Saint Nicholas of Tolentino and the second national church of Armenia.
The church was opened in 1624 with the interior completed with funds from Camillo Pamphilj in appreciation of his wife's recovery from an illness.
The interior design of the church is a Latin cross with three chapels either side of the nave.
The frescoes in the dome, depicting the Apotheosis of Saint Nicholas of Tolentino were by Giovanni Coli and Filippo Gherardi.
The mid 17 century dome pendentives, the symbols of the Franciscan order, Chastity, Humility, Poverty and Obedience were by Pietro Paolo Ubaldini.
On the right of the transept, at the altar of San Giovanni Battista, is the altarpiece of Saint John the  Baptist by Il Baciccio.
In the Chapel of Our Lady of Mercy, which is the second chapel on the left of the church, is a fresco decoration by Pietro da Cortona who also designed the chapel. The fresco was completed by Ciro Ferri after the death of Cortona in 1669.

The church doesn't seem to be open very often but the church website has an opening time for mass on Sundays.

Artists in San Nicola da Tolentino
Giovanni Coli
Filipp Gherardi
Pietro Paolo Ubaldini
Giovanni Ventura Borghesi

Artists in San Nicola da Tolentino
Pietro Paolo Ubaldini
Ercole Ferrata
Domenico Guido
Filippo Laurentini
Giuseppe Cades
Giovanni Gagliardi
Giovanni Ventura Borghesi

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