Chiesa Rettoria San Girolamo Della Carita` a Via Giulia, Rome

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San Girolamo della Carità is a church in Rome, Italy, located near the Palazzo Farnese and Campo de' Fiori.The church belonged originally to the Franciscan Observants. In 1524 it was taken over by the Archconfraternita della Carità, founded by Giulio de' Medici (later Pope Clement VII) in 1519; a society of noblemen from outside Rome. The upper nave balconies served as a first meeting place for St. Philip Neri's Oratorians founded in 1561 before they were established as a Congregation in 1575 and, in the same year, given the church of Santa Maria in Vallicella. Domenico Castello rebuilt the church in the mid 17th century.InteriorThe first chapel to the right, although originally assigned to Orazio Spada in 1575, was refurbished by Virgilio and Bernardino Spada in 1654-57. As a friend of Virgilio, the name of the Baroque architect Francesco Borromini has long been associated with the chapel but it has been argued that the overall design was probably directed by Virgilio Spada. The altar rail is by Gianlorenzo Bernini's pupil, Antonio Giorgetti.The small but superbly finished Antamoro Chapel is dedicated to S Filippo Neri. The chapel itself was designed by Filippo Juvarra, the only work of his in Rome, and constructed in 1708-1709. The decoration of the chapel with the back lit statue of The Ecstasy of S Filippo Neri and two stucco reliefs in the ceiling was conceived by Juvarra in intimate cooperation with his close friend, the French sculptor Pierre Le Gros, who was responsible for carrying out the sculptural components.
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  • Perennially closed but, finally by chance I found it open this little gem one evening. Really very special the interior, from the main entrance immediately to the right the Baroque chapel- two angels collecting a canvas, on a sofa Giovanni and Lorenzo Spada. The central altar with Our Lady is beautiful and the ceiling is lively.
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  • The history of this church is linked to the founding of the congregation of the Oratory by San Filippo Neri (Saint Philip Nery) in the 16th century. Based on the place traditionally known as the residence of St Jerome, the present church was built in the 17th century. The façade and the high altar are by Carlo Rainaldi. The nave is unique with a carved wooden painted ceiling depicting instruments and objects of Christ's passion. In the Antamori Chapel is a marble statue of St. Philip Néri of Pierre Legros. The Spada Chapel, designed by Francesco Borromini for Virgilio Spada, is lavishly decorated with marble and jasper. In this chapel, carved medallions depicting busts of members of the Spada family appear to be hung on the walls in a trompe l'oeil effect.
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  • A short walk from Piazza Farnese in the center of Rome. A small church, hidden casket dedicated to a doctor of the Church (St. Jerome) in an area symbol of Charity with the oratory of St. Philip Neri where the saint lived for 33 years. We recommend in groups, better if with guide because it is open at specific times and days and is well maintained and guarded by the Filipino nuns (of St. Philip Neri). Small church, with a "humble" facade, with a single aisle, with carved wooden ceiling, but full of genius and artistic creativity. Inside are two main "artistic treasures": the Sword Chapel, created with the collaboration of Francesco Borromini, and the Antamori Chapel, the only Roman work by Filippo Juvarra. Both works are of great interest and wonder. On the right, look at the Sword Chapel, richly covered with marble committed polychromes both on the walls and in the floor, with white marble medallions depicting saints and mockly hung on the walls with marble cords. Then don't escape the creative brilliance when you look at the beautiful marble drape of listed red dispro, held at the end by the two angels. This single block marble drape is simulating a fake and "genius" balustrade with the wings of the right angel (wood and not marble like those on the left) that act as a gate for access to the chapel. A marvel of art. A fantastic invention. At the time (Baroque) it may have been judged an artistic extravagance but today it is an incredible and an amazing creative genius. After seeing this treasure chest, a few steps away, don't miss a short visit to the Arch of Acetarians. A corner of Rome where you can breathe the air of a rome that has disappeared often in our cribs. In summary, in a few steps wonderful emotions.
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  • Open only on Sunday morning from 10.30 to 12.30
  • This church contains, along with other impressive works of art, the exuberant Cappella Spada.
  • Small but cozy. The sacristy, all wood, very nice.
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  • Wonderful.... The ticket should be paid
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  • First seat of the Congregation of St. Philip Neri
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