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Oratorio dei Filippini, Rome

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The Oratorio dei Filippini is a building located in Rome and erected between 1637 and 1650 under the supervision of architect Francesco Borromini. The oratory is adjacent to the Chiesa Nuova Santa Maria in Vallicella, the mother church of the congregation. In front of the two sides was a small closed square, now integrated in the Corso Vittorio Emanuele II.HistoryThe congregation of the Filippini already had one of the most well-decorated Baroque churches in Rome, and the order had planned to build an oratory, as well as residential quarters, adjacent to the church of Santa Maria in Vallicella (Chiesa Nuova) located in crowded central Rome. Borromini won a competition for designing the structure against many including Paolo Maruscelli. He was employed in the task for 13 years, often a testy process. By 1640, the oratory was in use, and by 1643, the library, called the Biblioteca Vallicelliana, was complete.DescriptionThe striking facade adjacent to the church entrance has little regard for the structures behind. Inside the oratory is articulated by half columns and a complex rhythm of pilasters.The facade provides a summary of Borromini's characteristics of innovations style, both austere and technically rigorous. The main body is divided into five parts by pilasters following a concave curve. In the central part, a dialectic set appears between the lower level, whose curve moves outward. At the top, the tympanum, created for the first time after an mistiligne angle, accentuates the both curved and angular movement.
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  • The oratory was built by Francesco Borromini in the 17th century. Inside, a staircase also designed by Borromini leads to Rome's oldest library with solid oak shelving. Alas the oratory was closed for work, we only saw the façade but we will come back! Bypassing the building you can see a very beautiful turret with a clock, also due to Borromini.
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  • The oratory stands next to the New Church or the Vallicella, it is the work of Borromin. In addition to the oratory you can visit the Chambers of San Filippo Neri. Visit of art and history, but above all spiritual visit, here you will find relics and memories of the Saint, here is the original painting of Guido Reni representing the Saint kneeling before the Virgin, here is the Private Oratory of St. Philip, transported entirely from the old dwelling.
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  • It is an elegant building stands next to the Church of Nuova. I think this building is Nuova Church is Church was next door.
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  • Superb, unique masterpiece by one of the great masters.
  • Great church for great photos..
  • Borromini!
  • Beautiful.
  • Good!!
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