Chiesa di San Silvestro al Quirinale, Rome

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San Silvestro al Quirinale is a historic church in central Rome, Italy. It is located near Via XXIV Maggio corner with Via Mazzarino, a few blocks south of the Piazza del Quirinale.HistoryThe first mentions of a church on the site are from 1039, when it was called Santo Stefano in Cavallo in recognition of its site on Monte Cavallo, a small hill in the Campo Marzio.In 1507, the church was granted to the Dominicans of the Florentine Congregation of St Mark by Pope Julius II. It was rebuilt in 1524-1584, when it was taken over by the Theatine Order. The high altar was consecrated in 1584 by Bishop Thomas Goldwell of St. Asaph's in North Wales, the last Catholic bishop in England under Queen Mary Tudor's reign. In 1801, San Silvestro was granted to the Lazarists, having been abandoned by the Theatines some years before.In the period when conclaves to elect a new Pope were held at the Quirinal Palace, the inaugural procession of the Cardinals started from this church. When the street was widened in 1877, the 16th century façade was replaced. The old façade had been simple, while the present one, by Andrea Busiri Vici, is more decorated. There is a small garden outside the church, with a 16th-century oratory that was used in funerals. The façade, decorated in stucco, is original.Interior decorationThe renaissance interior is almost completely covered with paintings. There is a long, vaulted choir behind the altar. In the ceiling is a fresco from the late 16th century by Giovanni and Cherubino Alberti. On the left wall is a fresco by Lazzaro Baldi, depicting St Gaetano and the Blessed Virgin. On the counterfacade of the entrance is the funeral monument of Cardinal Federico Cornaro (1531–1590) attributed to Giacomo della Porta. To the left of the monument to Prospero Farinacci is a painting of Saints Peter and Paul by Stefano Pozzi.
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  • The church has a beautiful Romanesque bell tower with bifurca, It is accessed with an inner courtyard where capitals have been placed with columns and in bulk on the facades various pieces of headofing. Also internally it is very beautiful with its frescoes and, However the church is under restoration and as a result you can not give a complete judgment. So for the moment I put two, Maybe one day I'll come back and I'll be able to admire it in all its splendor I'll be able to give a 5
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  • It houses several jewels, beautiful wooden coffered ceiling of the sixteenth century, the vaulted presbytery with frescoes, the masterpiece is the Baldini Chapel.
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  • Special church, it surprises because you enter from an anonymous door but once inside you are amazed, a truly incredible discovery.
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  • Secretly beautiful!
  • This is a 16th century Theatine convent church, with a spectacular interior including an enormous domed side-chapel. Opening times are very restricted. There is a Mass on Sunday at 11:00, and the church should be open for this at 10:00 or a bit later. Those who attend the Mass have an opportunity to look at the artworks after its end. Note that the door in the façade is not the entrance to the church. The way in is to the left of the façade, and if the door here is closed then so is the church.
  • A remarkable interior with some impressive artworks.
  • Unfortunately, the history of this temple was already learned at home. Our hotel wall wall came into contact with this church. But the open door was not seen, probably on the renovation. Here Michelangelo met a woman whom he met very late (he was 63, and she is 47 years old), and whom he loved very much - Vittoria Column. It was at this time that Michelangelo created one of his last major works, The Last Judgment. The sketches for this painting are preserved on Michelangelo's letter to Vittorio.
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  • Very beautiful of its kind, especially the frescoes of the Domenichino. It is owned by the Interior Ministry and opens only on Saturday and Sunday mornings (not always)
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