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Chiesa di Santa Chiara, Rome

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#332 of 526 in Historic Sites in Rome
Santa Chiara is a church in the rione Pigna, formerly the Campus Martius area of Rome dedicated to Saint Clare of Assisi. It is located at the corner of via Santa Chiara and via di Torre Argentina (where this street becomes via della Rotonda). It is about a block south of the Pantheon, at the piazza Santa Chiara.
It was founded by Saint Charles Borromeo, who built a Franciscan convent (now used by the Pontifical French Seminary) and the church within the ruins of the Baths of Agrippa in 1592. It was restored in 1627, but at some later point the roof collapsed and it was abandoned.
In 1883, the Congregation of the Holy Spirit acquired the property, and rebuilt the church, giving it a new facade designed by Luca Carimini in 1888. On the lower of the two levels, the main door is framed by two columns holding a semicircular tympanum with a decorated lunette. To the sides are niches with triangular tympanums, surmounted by circular windows. On the upper level there are seven windows surmounted by busts of saints. Below the windows is the Latin inscription: "DEO OPTIMO MAXIMO IMMACULATI CORDIS MARIAE IN HONOREM ET LIFE VIRGINIS". The triangular tympanum crowning the façade has a relief by Domenico Bartolini.
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  • Pretty beautiful church in the vicinity of the Pantheon. Externally it promises really well, too bad that accessing it is more complicated than booking Leonardo's last dinner. It is only open two hours every first Thursday of the month. Tourists warned.
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  • We've been here for almost a week. At first we got a room with a narrow shower we barely managed to squeeze. The next day, we asked if the room could be replaced and we were right away. From this stage we enjoyed the hotel very much. A good breakfast, very attentive to the guest, is very helpful to help and explain. We ordered guided hikes through the charming pdrica that really came out of the kidney to make our stay in Rome. It's also worth noting the hotel's excellent location. We walked right on foot to every site outside of Léboli.
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  • The Church of Santa Chiara is situated in a small square near the Pantheon. The building is rebuilt in the late 19th century on the ruins of a more ancient, dating back to the XVI century. It is the seat of the French Seminary and you can admire the beautiful façade, while for a visit inside is more complicated, since the sign affixed to the cleared reports that opens only two hours every first Thursday of the month.
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  • Like it tired travelling will rested and cooled feel interior has good work better for praying atmosphere all most done
  • The weekday liturgical celebrations here are private. However, Vespers at 19:30 on Saturdays and Sundays are open to the public (presumably the language used is French). This is the 19th century church of the French seminary next door. The main entrance is hardly ever used -you could try asking to visit at the seminary entrance lodge. Apparently in recent years there has been a public opening from 16:00 to 18:00 on the first Thursday of the month.
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  • Beautiful externally and very interesting architecture, but unfortunately closed.
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  • Unfortunately only considered in passing. Very artful.
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