getting there: bus #64 Quirinale/Nazionale stop
San Silvestro al Quirinale is a 16th century Baroque church dedicated to a 4th century pope – Saint Sylvester.
The entry to the church is by a door in the building on the left and not through the church door itself. Climb the imposing two flights of stairs until you come to the true entrance which opens onto the left hand side of the nave. You will then find yourself in a beautifully decorated space filled with paintings, frescoes and marbles from the late Renaissance and Mannerist periods.
As the church was close-by to the Quirinale Palace it became a popular place of worship for the papacy during the times when a pope resided there. Many cardinals and church members financed the decorations inside.
The first chapel right (Chapel of Saint Sylvester), holds an altarpiece, Pope Sylvester Baptizing the Emperor Constantine (1610) by Avanzino Nucci.
Artists in San Silvestro al Quirinale