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Chiesa dei Santi Domenico e Sisto, Rome

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The Church of Santi Domenico e Sisto is one of the titular churches in Rome, Italy in the care of the Roman Catholic Order of Preachers, better known as the Dominicans. It is located at no. 1 Largo Angelicum on the Quirinal Hill on the campus of the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas , of which it is the University Church.The current Cardinal Priest of the Church of Saints Dominic and Sixtus is Georges Cottier, O.P., emeritus Theologian of the Pontifical Household. Cottier studied theology and philosophy at the Angelicum obtaining a baccalaurate in philosophy and completing his licentiate in theology in 1952.HistoryExteriorThe first church at the site, Santa Maria a Magnanapoli, was built sometime before the year 1000.The present church was built at the order of Dominican Pope Pius V. Construction on the church began in 1569 and on a convent for Dominican nuns in 1575. The original plan was the work of Giacomo della Porta though during the long construction period that stretched until 1663 several other architects were involved. The lower part of the church was designed by Nicola Torriani, and the upper part by Torriani or Vincenzo della Greca. della Greca constructed the Baroque travertine façade in 1646, with his brother Felice.
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  • Two steps from piazza del Quirinale, on the slopes of the Hill of the same name overlooking the Valley rises the mighty hole monastic complex of the Angelicum, one of the prestigious Pontifical Universities, and this important Church. Characterized by its White travertine façade, adorned with white columns that give further impetus to the design, powered by the statues of Saints, including the two which is dedicated the temple: the great theologian Dominic and Sixtus. The Church is very high, almost to the share of the adjacent roof garden of the Villa Aldobrandini, accessed by a Baroque staircase double ramp reminiscent of small to Trinità dei monti and that gives the complex a majestic theatricality. The Interior has a single nave with a barrel vault completely adorned with a fresco of the glory of San Domenico is enriched with a High Altar designed by Bernini which deva also marble complex design of Christ and Magdalene in a valuable ' Noli me tangere '. The beauty of the place made it even set of films, most recently ' the great beauty.
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  • The Church can be easily reached on foot from Piazza Venezia that the Quirinale. He's such a little gem, both for stage design that derives from the steps by which it is accessed that the wealth of works: from the ceiling depicting the apotheosis of Saint Dominic, the marble group "Noli me tangere" by antonio raggi. The Church fits into a broader context of the Angelicum, and also includes a portico and a garden well maintained. Very nice also the schola cantorum
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  • If you are lucky enough to find this church, located in downtown, altogether but very cleverly hidden, it is a great luck! This temple is a true architectural gem, even for Rome, rich in masterpieces. But if the Church is still open, then consider this a gift of fate and be sure to go inside!
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  • Because the House of God is always great!
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  • Incredible. Take advantage to get to know
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  • Small but amazing
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  • A stunning masterpiece
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