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. Arrange your visit to Chiesa di Sant'Agnese in Agone and discover more family-friendly attractions in Rome using our Rome travel itinerary planner.
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  • Church very known because it stands in the Piazza Navona, opposite the fountain of the four rivers, whose facade serves as a unique backdrop for this wonderful source. Its current building was started by Girolamo and Carlo Rainaldi in 1652, during the pontificate of Innocenzo X Pamphili, to whose family he belonged as Chapel of his old palace, now Embassy of Brazil, and completed by Borromini (1653-1657), which significantly changed the project. The concave facade and the high cupola are due to him. The twin bell towers were made by Antonio de el Grande and by Giovanni Maria Baratta, according to the project of the Borromini. Inside, following the project of Rainaldi, has a Greek cross plan and enjoy great splendor by gilded moldings and marbles made by Borromini. The dome was decorated fresco by Ciro Ferri with the collaboration of the Baciccia. The baptismal font of Santa Francisca Romana and in another, the skull of St Agnes, is preserved in a chapel because designates the place the Church where, in the then Stadium of Domitian, the small Christian Holy was stripped to its public shame and hair covering her body miraculously grew him. His visit, as all the churches of Rome, is free.
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  • Linda Church, with a beautiful Dome, in front of the Piazza Navona. I had no problems getting in with shorts and a t-shirt.
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  • Once upon a time I saw a pic of inside of this church online and put it on my MUST IN ROME list, so I was so happy to visit it. It said no pictures allowed so at first I thought it's for real but yea ...  more »
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  • Well worth a visit. Free entry. Also attended a concert society concert held regularly in another section of the church, spectacular.
  • Beautiful Catholic church with a variety altar pieces depicting the martyrdoms of first, second and third century Roman saints. Free entrance.
  • Look in here and walk to the small room to the left rear. Cool on a hot day.
  • Small but really interesting to visit. This is one among few churches where you could see information on english.
  • Impressive facade on the piazza and an incredibly beautiful interior with extraordinary bas-reliefs in each chapel.

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