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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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  • A unique style for Rome churches the Rococo facade is recognizable. The interior is also stylish with other architectural features. Only about 20 steps from Piazza Rotonda.  more »
  • This church does not attract the attention of tourists, hurrying to the next square and the majestic Rotunda located Pantheon. Meanwhile, this church is, in my opinion, the apotheosis of the Baroque style in its classic incarnation. The façade of the Church and its interior a fantastically beautiful and harmonious. I cannot describe in words the feelings flow that covers you in the form of this perfection. zatrudnites' Not see it for yourself and you'll understand how much more beautiful places hides from you to the eternal city. P.s. enjoy the façade of the Church is most conveniently situated with a cup of coffee at a table on the porch of one of the Café opposite.
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  • Not far from The Pantheon, you will find this interesting church. It is unusual because of its curved façade which was completed in 1735. Again, tourists do not flock to see this church. While most of...  more »
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  • 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.
  • looks like a really pretty place to go 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
  • Absolutely stunning..not to be missed
  • Lovely building. Please visit