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San Giovanni Battista dei Fiorentini, Rome
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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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  • Built by the great Florentine community living in Rome was built between the 16th and 17th centuries. has an enormous red marble high altar. Designed by Bramante was built later by several Renaissance, such as Lazio Sansovino, Antonio da Sangallo, Michelangelo, Pietro da Cortona, Carlo Maderno and Francesco Borromini who is buried here. Definitely worth visiting.
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