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Chiesa dei Santi Luca e Martina, Rome

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4.2/5 based on 15 reviews on the web
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  • All the Romans and tourists visiting the forums know it and have it immortalized in their photos, but few have visited the site. The Church, with its dome, is clearly visible within the archaeological area, opposite the Mamertine prison and next to the Arch of Septimius Severus, but is open only on Saturdays for the entire day, after years of restoration have finally allowed the complete fruition. Built by Pietro da Cortona for the glorious Accademia di San Luca, is composed of an upper Church, of perfect Baroque lines, clean and no frills, and a crypt which collects the body of Saint martyr Martina, more intimate but the same size as the overlying atmosphere. The building is pure architecture, elegant, with a few embellishments that serve in particular to mark spaces, like the interesting floor, and some ape as a souvenir of clients. The visit was a pleasant surprise.
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  • A wonderful Church, an architectural masterpiece, one of the most important testimonies of Roman Baroque, this I would like to say about it, a visit necessary. The Church of the most Holy Luca e Martina is located on the spot where once stood the old Curia Hostilia, with reference to its founder King Tullius Hostilius, at the foot of the Capitol between the Forum of Caesar and the ancient Curia Julia. Feel very emotional, reaching the end of Baroque wonder, the view from the hole of the Arch of Septimius Severus overhung by this elegant and monumental architecture. The first church dates from the sixth century known by the nickname of St. Martina in tribus foris, the current structure is derived from seventeenth-century reconstruction with jobs taken from Pietro Berrettini da Cortona, Prince of the Accademia di San Luca, evolution of the ancient College of Arts of painting that held the Church, which was dedicated to St. Luke Patron Saint also of the Academy. The building assumed its present architectural robe, after 30 years, with work completed in a Greek cross and a dome at the intersection of the two main arms. The façade is slightly convex, considered the masterpiece of Pietro da Cortona, has divided into two orders, framed between pairs of pilasters and enlivened by elegant pairs of columns. The lower tier has a beautiful portal surmounted by a curvilinear tympanum, while the upper one window with a triangular gable and heraldic symbols on the sides. On a short curved pediment with two Angels holding the coat barberiniano Codex of the Pontiff. Then on all stands an imposing dome. Within a series of artworks, the funerary monument of Pietro da Cortona-a Baroque masterpiece performed by Luke Bailey, del Conca the large painting with the Ascension of Mary on the altar, the statue of St. Martina by Mahmood at the high altar, the same altar which is always works of Cortona with shovel of St Luke painting the portrait of the Virgin a copy of the famous painting by Raphael. The lower church, as the finding of the relics of St. Martina became the target of the crypt, he always works by Pietro da Cortona, who became a Memorial Chapel of the Holy; welcomes the altar with the image of the dead Christ, statues of Saints and relics, works of Algardi a outstanding at bronze altar carved and decorated with inlays of precious stones. The main altar, left completely open so you can be seen both front and rear, rests on elegant black marble steps with white veins surrounded by a balustrade. Next to this there is another chapel with a terracotta group of Saints always works of Algardi.
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  • This church is at the western end of the Roman Forum and is right next to the Senate House (Curia Julia). The original church was a plain rectangle and subsequent dedications from the Vatican allowed ...  read more »
  • 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.
  • 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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  • Immersed in the Roman Forum, is very imposing and evocative.
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