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Chiesa di Sant'Agnese in Agone, Rome

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Admire the beauty of Chiesa di Sant'Agnese in Agone, a 17th-century Baroque church built on the exact location where St. Agnes was martyred. Although smaller in comparison to other churches in the area, it leaves just as strong an impression, with a main altar and another six around the dome dedicated to martyrs, including full-scale statues depicting the circumstances of their deaths. Visit the side church to view the preserved skull of St. Agnes. Many marble details and frescos accentuate the church's beauty, and if you're lucky, you could catch a choir performance. Alternatively, buy a ticket to listen to a concert and fully appreciate the building's excellent acoustics. To visit Chiesa di Sant'Agnese in Agone and other attractions in Rome, use our Rome tour planner.
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  • We have visited the square dozens of times and hadn't visited this building. We were so glad we did. It is so impressive. Take a look. It is beautiful. There is no cost, a discretionary contribution, ...  more »
  • Enter a place, and stay for a moment breathless ... The Church is small but a triumph of the Baroque, every corner is a show
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  • The Church keeps the memory of those martyrs of formed the first Christian communities. Beauty incredible during the pontificate of Inocencio X Bernini in Piazza Navona was the famous Fontana dei Fiumi (fountain of the rivers) which triggered popular fantasies due to entirely imaginary interpretations about the positions of the statues of the source, in particular on the alleged dialogue between the Río de la Plata with extended hand sculpture in attitude of protection against a possible collapse of the Church, and the statue of Santa Agnese with the hand on the chest as in a calming gesture of stability... indeed seems to be the only popular fantasies as the Fontana dei Fiumi was performed between the 1648 and the 1651. These are some of the legends around the Church that muted any by its lush interior.
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  • Incredibly beautiful church which has the head of Sant'Agnese. St. Agnes was a young virgin and martyr of the early church. The side altars are also wonderful. During the summer they will usually host some musical concerts. Be careful, as it can get very hot.
  • The church has a lovely interior and you are able to see the reliquary of St Agnes skull. There is no entry fee but a donation can be given. Sadly no photography is allowed inside but you can purchase a guidebook for €5 which does include a lot of the artwork.
  • If you are in the Piazza Navona do yourself a favor and go in. It is beautiful from the outside, but inside is incredible. Architectural details, art, a massive organ and just symmetrical beauty all over. The center fresco could keep you mesmerized for a long time by itself. Take the 15-30 minutes to pop in, it is worth it.
  • Very beautiful church. We happened to stop by when there was a choir concert happening. It was a Domus Vox concert and it was lovely.
  • Wonderful church dedicated to Agnese, a Christian martyr, who died on Piazza Navona. Small, but definitely worth checking out