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Chiesa dei Santi Luca e Martina, Rome

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  • Outstanding architectural monument known not by tourism and therefore well appreciable calmly and absolute serenity
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  • Yes, because the history of the Church of Santi Luca e Martina had a fairly long history starting when in 1588 (but also many centuries before) the chapel of Santa Martina which stood in the Roman Forum was donated to the Academy of St Luke in order to compensate for the demolition of the Church of Saint Luke, patron saint of artists. Considering its not good condition, came the need for a renovation/expansion of Santa Martina or the construction of a new church that accorpasse the two Saints. After forty years, the Academician Pietro da Cortona was the most concrete construction promoter since, in addition to drafting the final design, he worked with Pope Urban VIII for the retrieval of funds, so that in 1676 good part was over. But only in the 20th century, completed all work well for the revolution that suffered the surrounding areas of the holes. Finally in the years 2000 very important restorations intervened so now the circle is finally closed. The Church is the Baroque masterpiece by Pietro da Cortona with a central cruciform with four apses, crowned by a dome which dominates the space and can boast of the stucco. Entered by the beautiful portal and moving closer to the transept, you notice that his arms are shorter than the longitudinal angle and their curvature blockier. It was part of the same conception cortonesca to give a balanced relationship between the parties, i.e. major and minor axis. Also the use of columns interposed at pilasters managed to achieve a great solemnity inside, why in fact had already been applied, while transformed, even outside in the façade. It remains to be said that the upper Church is dedicated to St. Luke, his works include: the funerary slab by Rainaldi, the original copy of the famous altarpiece by Raphael and under the table the statue of Santa Martina, the Ascension of Mary on the altar of the left arm, the terracotta of Alessandro Algardi depicting Christ with the Virgin Tomb of Pietro da Cortona, the work of Bailey. The light is the protagonist, thanks to bundles that come from hidden sources and enlivened by white walls. In the church there is the crypt of Santa Martina below that repeats the cross pattern of Crown. Memorable the bronze altar carved and decorated by Pescina designed by da Cortona. The Church is open only on Saturdays from 8 am to 20.00 and days of remembrance of the two Saints, for example on 30 January for Saint Martina.
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  • We only got about a minute of glimpse at this church, as it was closing time, but its location in the Roman Forum is hard to beat. The façade of the church is lovely, and from the little we've seen - ...  more »
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  • Great views of this church from the Roman Forum.
  • Gives a beautiful look to the surroundings around it. Loved it for its simplicity inside
  • Glad I got this as part of the omnia pass as I wouldn't pay to see this....did I miss something? 3 rooms of audio visual and the chapel.
  • A delight to wander the streets of Rome. So much history, so much power and suffering.
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  • Shameful the way the Popes have defaced the Roman monuments using them as marble and travertine quarries to fill this wonderful city of churches, chapels, etc
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