Chiesa di San Ignazio di Loyola

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Maurizioago Maurizio…
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Saint Ignatius church. Feb 05, 2017
This church was built between 1626 and 1685. It is dedicated to Saint Ignatius of Loyola; the founder of the Jesuite order.

This was the second church on this spot. Its main highlight is the troemp l' oeil frescoes painted in 1685 by Andrea Pozzo. One of these is on the ceiling of the nave. It depicts the entry of Ignatius into paradise. The other is a fake dome on canvases which was meant to be a temporary work. This was painted due to the lack of funds. To appreciate the “troemp l' oeil effect” of these works there are two yellow spots on the floor where you have to stand on.
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Vipin Vipin
691 reviews
Hidden gem May 08, 2011
The church is located very near the pantheon, and I must confess that I probably wouldn’t have even found it if it wasn’t for some aimless wandering. I’m glad I did though as the church is a bit of a hidden gem.

Inside, the art work is amazing. It pays to have strong neck muscles here, as the baroque art and style is spectacular. I loved how the frescoes covered each of the five continents (according to traditional geography of the period of course!). The chapels are also wonderfully decorated as is the main altar. On Sundays, there is a small but loyal group of worshippers attending the service. Apart from the ceiling artwork, what I loved about this place was the fact that it was so beautifully decorated and yet not known at all to most visitors to the city. Anywhere else, this church would be a major visiting point.

Worth popping into when you are visiting the Pantheon.
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