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Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vittoria, Rome

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The Cornaro chapel of Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vittoria houses Gian Lorenzo Bernini's masterpiece, "The Ecstasy of Saint Teresa." The sculpture depicts St. Teresa of Avila being pierced through the heart with a golden shaft. The artwork gained renown because of its break with classical style and its exposure of a more passionate form of religious ecstasy. About two blocks from the Piazza della Repubblica and the Teatro dell'Opera, this site pays homage to the Roman Catholic victory at the 17th-century battle of White Mountain. Inside, you can see Turkish standards that were captured in the 1683 siege of Vienna. See Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vittoria and all Rome has to offer by arranging your trip with our Rome trip itinerary planner.
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  • Went to Rome in June 2016, and visited the Church of Santa Maria della Vittoria, simply fantastic! It's too bad it's not mentioned in the guidebooks.
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  • This is really a great Church! The Church is devoted to the Virgin Mary and known for the masterpiece in the Cornaro Chapel, Bernini's sculptural masterpiece "the Holy Theresa's ecstasy" (1647-1652). The Church has great marble columns, a beautiful ceiling and many great're getting stakkatur.
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  • Although Bernini is a mainstay throughout Rome, his "Ecstasy of St. Terese" has always been one of my favorites and I made it a point to see it. Its a very small church but packed full of Baroque indu...  more »
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  • Quite. Peaceful. Exquisite. The ornate carvings and artistic masterpieces set it apart from others.
  • A beautiful baroque church. Part of the Dan Brown Angles and Demons tour. It has the statue of Saint Teresa in ecstacy and the demon hole.
  • From outside looks like a normal church (in Rome's context that means looks like a very nice temple in any other part of the world) however offers mass in other languages (I went to a mass there offered in Spanish, for example) and there is displayed one of the most marvelous sculpture, Ecstasy of Saint Teresa, and you can just enter and look at it free of any charge.
  • Definitely one of the must-sees in Rome. The space inside is not large; so that it makes us feel that it's so packed with angelic statues. Also famous for "Angels and Demons" by Dan Brown.
  • When I visited abiut 1 yr ago, there was scaffolding blocking the famous Teresa sculpture, so it was a bit disappointing. But I think that's part for the course in Rome, everything, art included is being restored with scaffolding all around. Still a beautiful church. Maybe now the restoration is finished since people have posted nice reviews.