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San Giovanni Battista dei Fiorentini, Rome
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  • From Saint Peter to Santa Maria del Suffragio (to honor the tomb of blessed Novarese) meet the San Giovanni dei Fiorentini the impressive façade. It was begun in the 16th century and completed in the 18th at the beginning of Via Giulia as national church dei fiorentini in Rome. In 1508 the first project by Donato Bramante, the actual building up of the Church takes place with the involvement of Giacomo Della Porta that sets a church a Basilica with three naves on pillars arched and five chapels on either side and with three Carol apses. Completion will take place with Carlo Maderno. Is a minor basilica. In the Church are buried the cardinal Ludovico Maria Torriggiani, Carlo Maderno and Francesco Borromini, Ludovico Cardi, known as Cigoli (later translated to the Church of Santi Michele e Gaetano, Florence), Onofrio del Grillo, the inspiration of the main character of the movie Il marchese del Grillo, the architect Carlo Murena, Ansaldo Abdu jurist and man of letters. Our escort, Alessandro Anselmo, Chief press officer of the silent workers of the cross reminds us that this was ' the Church of Giulio Andreotti ' and shows us the Windows of his home; and May 7, 2013 funeral obsequies celebrated here of the famous Italian politician
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  • Barromini, one of the great Roman architects, author of the altar of this church is buried here. It (Barromini), Church of San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane oval arches wowed me. The altar is really outstanding. And the temple itself alot for Rome.
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  • In the early 16th century had settled in Rome, near the modern namesake lungotevere, a prosperous and large community of Florentines, whose importance had grown considerably with the election to the papacy of Leo X and Clement VII, both members of the powerful Medici family. On the initiative of them it was decided to build a large church dedicated to Saint John the Baptist (Patron Saint of Florence) it was a landmark for the entire community. Thus, at the intersection of Via Giulia and the current Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, the Church of San Giovanni dei Fiorentini, then elevated to the rank of minor Basilica. The design of the building took part with alternating Fortune leading architects of the time: it was necessary above all do not make excessively heavy back, destined to rise right on springs and muddy banks of the Tiber. At the end of Giacomo Della Porta projects were chosen, to whom we owe the form with three naves of the Church; by Carlo Maderno, who designed the characteristic dome looks a bit stretched; by Alessandro Galilei who created much later (in 1734 at the time of Pope Clement XII, as evidenced by the large central registration) the monumental façade on two levels full of Corinthian columns, friezes and statues. The baroque interior has five chapels on each side, separated by majestic arches and massive pillars, side two short transepts and three apses. The latter are decorated by valuable Baroque sculptures, among which the "baptism of Christ" by ticinese Antonio Raggi (one of the best students of Bernini). Beautiful altar, made of red marble. Paintings and sculptures of great value are preserved even in the chapels on the two aisles. This church is also famous because it houses the graves of some famous people: first among the great architects Carlo Maderno and his nephew Francesco Borromini. The latter, one of the most brilliant artists of the European Baroque, tormented life and neurotic, he died in 1667 at the height of a severe depression. Until many years after his death, it was possible to bury the remains in this Church (privilege normally denied to suicides) since it was established that during the brief agony he had time to repent of insane gesture. It is buried here also the Marquis Onofrio del Grillo, who died in 1787, known for his outlandish attitudes and especially for mocking jokes that he used to do to anyone who happened to pitch. The tombstone reads: "Marchionum de Grillis Sepulchre". This character was loosely based on the film of the same name directed by Mario Monicelli, starring Alberto Sordi. The Basilica of San Giovanni dei Fiorentini is one of the best examples of Roman Baroque, don't miss to visit it. If you have a dog or cat you can safely bring them within the Church: for ancient tradition here pets are always welcome.
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