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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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  • A combination of a rather plain nave with marble-rich aisles and coherent set of statues in the upper part. And owing to the pre-designed contrast, simplicity nicely stresses aforementioned statues an...  more »
  • This basilica is located at the Piazza del "popolo" next to one of the old gates of the city. It is a minor basilica that is distinguished by a sober architecture according to the spirit of the Augustinians who runs it. In one of the last reforms, Bernini gives the interior Baroque appearance which conserves. The basilica hosts extraordinary works of art as the two of Caravaggio. The temple has four polygonal chapels in each aisle and two more flanking the presbytery, the Chigi Chapel is distinguished among them. The chapel financed by the banker Chigi, is a beautiful joint artistic designed by Rafael with works of different painters and sculptors included the angel of Bernini and a beautiful mosaic in the dome of Luigi's Pace. In the basement of this Chapel (Earth) appears the corpse of the first Cardinal killed of the book and film "Angels and demons".
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  • The façade of Santa Maria del Popolo, is austere and unassuming, however, some of Italy’s finest architects and painters, have had a hand in shaping the church. To name some of the big guns, Raphael, ...  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!