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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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  • There are so many special churches in Rome but the Bernini carving of The Ecstasy is quite simply stunning. It's not on a lot of the main tourist itineraries so you have to actively seek it out. As al...  more »
  • I am pretty sure you will head here because of Bernini's masterpiece "The Ecstacy of St Theresa." I don't blame you: I do, too, every chance I get. Don't forget to admire tha church itself, however. O...  more »
  • Take time and effort and go to this lovely little church. Of course the "Ecstasy" is the main attraction but it is nice to look at the rest of the church as well  more »
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  • This church is breathtakingly beautiful. It had the statue of Saint Theresa and the angel. This church is referred in the book "Angels and demons". Its really nice and a must see.
  • Visited this place without any plan but wondered with a beauty of this place. They have placed a mirror in the centre of church to see paintings on ceiling. It is great idea to see details of paintings ..
  • A must see in Roma, not for the church in itself because there are much more beautiful ones in Roma, but for the treasure of Bernini inside : the ecstasy of Saint Thérèse. To me, one of the best sculpture I've ever saw (tied closely with the Moses of Michelangelo in the Basilica San Pietro in Vincoli)
  • The outside doesn't the inside of this church much justice, please don't just walk past this church, the inside is so beautiful you really need to go take a look
  • This Baroque church is a must-go for anyone visiting Rome. It's a relatively small church with Bernini's masterpiece, "ecstacy of st. teresa" in the cornaro chapel. A breathtaking experience.