Chiesa di Santa Maria Maddalena, Rome

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The Santa Maria Maddalena is a Roman Catholic church in Rome, named after Saint Mary Magdalene. It is located on the Via della Maddalena, one of the streets leading from the Piazza della Rotonda in the Campo Marzio area of historic Rome.HistoryThe Clerks Regular, Ministers to the Sick, order established by Saint Camillus de Lellis, had a church at that location in Rome since 1586 and in the 17th century started the construction of the current church, which was completed in 1699 in the Baroque style.In seventy years of work several architects were involved including Carlo Quadri, Carlo Fontana (who is thought to have designed the dome) and Giovanni Antonio de Rossi. It is uncertain who designed the curved main facade, which was finished circa 1735 and is Rococo, an unusual style in Roman church facades. It also displays motifs reminiscent of Borromini. Early guide books credit Giuseppe Sardi with the its design. Between 1732 and 1734, however, as architect of the order, the Portuguese architect Manuel Rodrigues dos Santos directed the completion of works at the church. The historian Alessandra Marino believes that it is to Dos Santos, rather than Giuseppe Sardi, that the design for the highly unusual façade decoration should be attributed. The architectural historian Nina Mallory has also maintained that Sardi is unlikely to be the designer of the façade.
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  • Rich Rococo, rarely encountered in Rome, just a few steps from the Pantheon, a church really flashy. Beautiful inside, it houses the remains of St. Camillus Lellis.
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  • It is a 2 second visit. However, the Church was closed again! I think went to closed in the afternoon hours. Is the small church is ornate appearance. The small square in front of the Church. On the corner of the Piazza, gelato shop just had. Been watching while eating gelato, wistfully at closed Church gate. Gelato is delicious!
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  • The Church of St. Mary Magdalene, which is on piazza della Maddalena is one of the places that are worth a visit in Rome for your architecture is at your inner content despite numerous visitors leads to internalization.
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  • Amazing Baroque church situated just north of the Pantheon. The interior decorations were some of the most memorable ones I've ever seen, with a great religious atmosphere -- you naturally slow down and hold your breath the moment you enter the church.
  • A lovely little Rococo Church on a square I'm fond of just up from the Pantheon. It has a charming, distinctive exterior with just a touch more fuss that usual, a nice legend if you dig for it, and a pretty interior most definitely worth a peep. There is no special trip necessary to it, but if you like the Rococo Maddelena is unique to Rome and worth a small diversion. I have a slight fear that I'm underrating it out of familiarity, as, in its way, it was really our neighborhood church for the month we were in Rome. If only it had a Caravaggio. All our other local churches managed to! After you judge this wonder for yourself grab some excellent gelato at the San Crispino del Pantheon which is right there. It won't be busy. Go figure.
  • A Baroque explosion both in the interior and on the main facade.
  • A Must-See Church. It is located just steps from the Pantheon. The Baroque church has breath-taking frescoes. The sunnier the weather - the more brilliant the frescoes appear. To the right of the high altar is St. Camillus. To the left is a chapel with hundreds (if not thousands) of saintly relics and a 13th (?) Century wooden statue of St. Mary Magdalen. Well worth a visit.
  • We stumbled across this place and it is one of the most beautiful buildings I have ever seen. The sunlight streaming through the windows made it quite magical

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