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Sant'Ivo alla Sapienza, Rome

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Sant'Ivo alla Sapienza is a Roman Catholic church in Rome. Built in 1642-1660 by the architect Francesco Borromini, the church is a masterpiece of Roman Baroque architecture.The church is at the rear of a courtyard at 40, Corso del Rinascimento; the complex is now used by the Archives of the City of Rome.HistoryIn the 14th century, there was a chapel here for the palace of the University of Rome. The University is called La Sapienza, and the church was dedicated to Saint Yves (patron saint of jurists). When a design was commissioned from Borromini in the 17th century, he adapted to the already existing palazzo. He choose a plan resembling a star of David - which would have been recognized at the time as a Star of Solomon, symbolizing wisdom - and merged a curved facade of the church with the courtyard of the palace. The corkscrew lantern of the dome was novel. The complex rhythms of the interior have a dazzling geometry to them.The main artwork of the interior is the altarpiece by Pietro da Cortona, portraying St. Yves.ExteriorThe church rises at the end of the alley of buildings so that the façade can be seen throughout the alleyway; this suggests a decentralized planning on Borromini’s part. Baroque architecture differed from renaissance in moving from centralization to different orientations, shifting the buildings; such as churches, from the main stage to the background while maintaining similar importance in society. This is specially true for Sant'Ivo, hidden within the confines of its encapsulating alley. A courtyard, known as the courtyard of Giacomo della Porta leads to the entrance of Sant'Ivo. Arguably, the courtyard and surrounding edifice framing San'Ivo serve to create a separate dimension inside the alley where the towering dome above the façade of the church is the dominating focus point granting the building a form of captivating power via the focus the alley provides.
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  • It is Santi Alla Sapienza Church located in sabienza Palace. This church to ask Pope Urban VIII Borromini in the Baroque style, was built. This building is the concave walls and crooked spire. Wall recessed did when he visited does not during the restoration, and the crooked spire looked solid. Then the Tower of the Church is unusual and interesting. Where the Church was built was sabienza Palace around the corridor in the courtyard of the Palace of sabienza.
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  • Located in the District of Sant'Eustachio, we entered this church in our four-day Roman revolution as it bears the signature of architect Francesco Borromini. So we decided it was a must stop at the Sant'Ivo alla Sapienza, although I was aware that I saw only the yard, being a Thursday and being the Church open only on Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 12. The visit to the only yard left me anyway, as you can clearly see the façade of the Church. The Church, which dates from the mid 1600-is rightly considered one of the masterpieces of Borromini and the Baroque; Borromini was able to design and implement it in a very limited by the existence of the Palace and the courtyard already taken. Despite this premise, the architect was able to create a masterpiece of Church, which is still admired by visitors and tourists and analyzed by students of architecture. Not to be missed!
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  • I just want to alert visitors that we tried to see Sant'Ivo on Wednesday 2 November this week but it was closed due to earthquake damage (according to an elderly gentleman in the courtyard). The facad...  more »
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  • Generally regarded as Borromini's masterpiece - a masterpiece of space-shaping and "geometrical succinctness" At first look walls appear fluid in continuous motion. 1642-60
  • It's hard to open a shorter view time short of Borromini and geometric works remains to be seen.
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  • The Borromini turned a cramped and dark courtyard into a masterpiece of Baroque architecture and art.
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  • The architecture of Borromini. Advanced work of the canopy is not to be missed. Beautiful front yard. Good and sometimes not open so check in advance.
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  • Absolute, undisputed and indisputable masterpiece by Francesco Borromini.
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