Chiesa di San Giacomo in Augusta, Rome

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San Giacomo in Augusta is a Baroque-style church built in central Rome, Italy.Standing on Via del Corso number 499, roughly three blocks south of the Piazza del Popolo in rione Campo Marzio, nearly opposite to the church of Gesù e Maria. A Church at the site was originally built in the 14th century adjacent to a hospital for the Incurabili (uncurables), and thus is also known as San Giacomo degli Incurabili. The suffix ‘’in Augusta’’ referred to the neighboring Mausoleum of Augustus.A church at the location was founded along with a hospital by Cardinal Giovanni Colonna in 1339. By 1515, the hospital was in a state of abandon, but within a few decades reopened under the supervision of two religious orders, with the aim of curing those affected by syphilis. Pope Nicholas V placed it under the control of the Company of Santa Maria del Popolo. This order was under the patronage of the Florentine Cardinal Antonio Maria Salviati, and he commissioned the reconstruction of the church. The oval layout of the church at the site was rebuilt starting by Francesco da Volterra in 1592. Upon the former architect's death, the facade and most of the interior decoration completed by Carlo Maderno in 1600.
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  • This church is a real stand out in Rome, where there is a church (or two) on every corner. Skip some of the others if you must, but be sure to visit this one. Magnificent art and statuary. Every piece...  more »
  • A very beautiful church with terrible architecture. Not a lot of people and will enjoy. Worth
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  • There's obviously a lot better things to see in Rome, but if you find yourself passing enter this very pretty little church in the Centre of ...
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  • The church is open (according to an unofficial source in 2016):8:00 to 12:00, 16:00 to 19:00. Mass is celebrated: Weekdays 8:30, 17:30; Sundays 8:30, 10:30 11:30, 17:30, 18:30. This schedule is liable to be reduced in high summer. This spectacular elliptical early Baroque church was finished in 1602 -for a syphilis hospital! A surprising reminder that Papal Rome in the 17th century probably had the best social services of any city in the world.
  • Just magnificent! We were looking for a 5:30 mass on Saturday, and happened to find this beautiful church. The artwork is breathtaking. I don't speak Italian, but was able to follow the mass, as it was conducted in the modern format. The gravitas of this place contributed heavily to the experience.
  • Absolutely under-visited Baroque Church. Still very much in use. All original ornamentation still existant. 5 stars anywhere else, but stuck in a crowd of stars in Rome
  • Construction of the church began in 1592. The the church was consecrated in 1602, it receives its name St James of Incurables.
  • Rome churches are in general very nice.

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