San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane, Rome

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The church of San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane, also called San Carlino, is a Roman Catholic church in Rome, Italy. The church was designed by the architect Francesco Borromini and it was his first independent commission. It is an iconic masterpiece of Baroque architecture, built as part of a complex of monastic buildings on the Quirinal Hill for the Spanish Trinitarians, an order dedicated to the freeing of Christian slaves. He received the commission in 1634, under the patronage of Cardinal Francesco Barberini, whose palace was across the road. However, this financial backing did not last and subsequently the building project suffered various financial difficulties. It is one of at least three churches in Rome dedicated to San Carlo, including San Carlo ai Catinari and San Carlo al Corso.
The monastic buildings and the cloister were completed first after which construction of the church took place during the period 1638-1641 and in 1646 it was dedicated to Saint Charles Borromeo. Although the idea for the serpentine facade must have been conceived fairly early on, probably in the mid-1630s, it was only constructed towards the end of Borromini's life and the upper part was not completed until after the architect's death.
The site for the new church and its monastery was at the south-west corner of the "Quattro Fontane" which refers to the four corner fountains set on the oblique at the intersection of two roads, the Strada Pia and the Strada Felice. Bernini's oval church of Sant'Andrea al Quirinale would later be built further along the Strada Pia.
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  • In my third visit I have been able to visit this heritage site. It is open for visit just few days a week and few hours a day; so one must plan the visit carefully. San Carlino is a small church; the ...  more »
  • Climbing from Piazza Barberini, towards the palace of the same name and just beyond, you will encounter a lovely crossroads and on the right an entrance bustling and almost climbed on the corner: St. Charles to the four fountains, so-called St. Carlino. Borromini here, as in other works challenges the cramped space making it unique. When you enter everything speaks of him, the essential white, the lines the ornaments his geometries. The light that filters from above to illuminate naturally. It's small, it's precious. When you go out on the cloister the wonderful well in the middle still carries in its wonderful leaves in the top the hand of the master. Rome has so many jewels to show, some to look for. Go to St. Carlino where Art and Spirituality shake hands.
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  • Small and beautiful Baroque style church attached to the famous Quattro Fontana corner. If you are passing through knowing the area it is worth entering, although it has a very limited schedule. It is free of charge although 4 euros are required to visit the crypt. The cloister can be seen and if you want to enter you must pay. Then there's a hallway with display cases with antiques
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  • Beautiful quiet chapel by an intersection. There are four amazing sculptures on each side of the street. Inside the small chapel you can sit and enjoy a quiet moment.
  • This baroque church, San Carlos Allen Quattro Fontane is designed and commissioned by Francesco Borromini. It has an oval dome and altar is with white colour.
  • Absolutely beautiful I would suggest people to visit it during the day and then in the night absolutely different experiences their are always people there.
  • An unassuming church, but a relevant example of Baroque architecture. A sense of peace and beauty that comes when we enter this little church is very good when we're tired of walking.
  • One of the best monuments in Rome, make sure you get there before 1 PM
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