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Chiesa di Santa Maria del Popolo, Rome

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Located in the famous Piazza del Popolo, Chiesa di Santa Maria del Popolo is an Augustinian church filled with historic artwork. Artists featured here include Raphael, Andrea Bregno, Caravaggio, Donato Bramante, and more. Small fees are required to illuminate the artwork. Check out the tombs, where famous figures like Girolamo Basso della Rovere, Giovanni Battista Gisleni, and Agostino Chigi are buried. The church is featured in novels by Dan Brown. Plan your visit to Chiesa di Santa Maria del Popolo and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Rome family vacation planner.
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  • After the tour through the Villa Borghese specially came to this beautiful serving the Church to look at the work of Caravaggio in Italian means poplar populus. Chapel, leading to the temple, was built near the poplar, hence the name. The current church building was built in 1472-1477, under Alexander VII Interior has been substantially updated under the project by Bernini. The great interest from the artistic point of view are five side chapels of the Church, built as family tombs of the Roman nobility, as well as ecclesiastical dignitaries. The author of the project of the chapel was Rafael Chigi that made this work for his patron, Agostino Chigi. The mosaic decoration of the chapel created by Rafael and terrific Crucifixion of St. Peter and the conversion of Saul by Caravaggio, which stood about half an hour, but the Church is known for the fact that after the suicide of Emperor Nero his ashes centuries buried in a mausoleum at the future site of the Church on the ruins of the Tomb over time, according to legend, grew up a huge walnut in the Crown which settled the Ravens and demons. Place was considered cursed and people walked around his party. In 1099 Pope Paschal II ordered to cut down a tree, burn it, and ashes together with the remains of graves to throw into the Tiber River. This is the story of one of the most beautiful churches of Rome.
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  • Beautiful church in central Rome. Whenever I come to Rome I try to pass because the two Caravaggio within truly deserve. A must see.
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  • Most tourists only see the Twin Churches when they look at Piazza del Popolo, but there is another church – Santa Maria del Popolo – really worth going into to. It is an art lover’s paradise. There is...  more »
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  • One of Rome's most spectacular churches filled with outstanding artworks- not just the exquisite Caravaggio.
  • Most of you have already known everything about the 2 Caravaggio paintings in this church. Unless you're an art major or did extensive Google or YouTube, these 2 paintings are not worthy of your 15 or less minutes. You guys know Caravaggio is a freak right~? Ok, he was a great talented freak just like Michelangelo. Yeah, I saw plenty folks walked in and out less then 3 minutes. Here is a little known fact from yesterday afternoon visit 26-10-2016. There is a church "line man" controls the crowds going up to see Caravaggio paintings. His side job is to shush those speaks too loud in the church. But then, he became too loud himself at times. Once he let you in, you've got 15 minutes and he will not let you get back in again. He also will tells you NO FLASH~! Which I absolutely agree. Now for those Caravaggio freaks out there, these 2 paintings are very worthy of your ONE EU$1 to turn the light on so you (and others) can see these paintings. Yes, there is a coin box on the Right hand side of the Chapel, you need to deposit EU$1 for about 5 minutes worth. My suggestions are: prime your camera (no flash again~! or get a decent low light camera), preplan your positions in your head (get different views) out side of the chapel. Once you get in, you've already know what position to take your pictures and don't forget to selfie yourself to death, there is no shame in it. After you've paid lots money to get to Rome, do your selfies~! My money saving tip is to team up with other tourists, I paid EU50cents and he did the other half, now we both get to take all the pictures and other whom did not pay also get to have some good time. Be nice, don't fight to get to the selfie positions, you're inside of a "chuuurch"~!
  • Perfect place to burn a cardinal alive. (Movie "Angels and demons")
  • Come and admire one of the best paintings Caravaggio ever made.
  • Beautiful church with two incredibly nice painting by Caravaggio!