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Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vittoria, Rome

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Religious Site Church
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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  • Wonderful Church. The ecstasy of Saint Theresa in Santa Maria della Vittoria is definitely not to be missed
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  • Small church with important works. Frescoes with scenes on the ceiling of the nave. Sculptures in white color that stand out on the roof.
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  • 17th century Church erected to commemorate the victory of Fernando II at the battle of Mont Blanc. Bathed in warm colours and special by the presence of candles. Hosts the ecstasy of Saint Teresa, Bernini's masterpiece.
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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.

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For easy foot access to most of the city's main historical sites, consider staying in Rome's old town center. The area is conveniently placed for public transport, only a walk away from the city's main railway station. Accommodations here span all hotels sectors, from cheap hostels to luxury brand names. To avoid the steep prices and overcrowding of the town center, explore the hotels in the inner suburbs of Rome. They offer comfortable rooms and excellent food at a fraction of the price charged by the centrally located hotel chains. Another affordable option is the area around Vatican, which boasts a good selection of family-owned B&Bs.
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