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Santa Maria dei Miracoli, Rome

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Santa Maria dei Miracoli and Santa Maria di Montesanto are two churches in Rome.They are located on the Piazza del Popolo, facing the northern gate of the Aurelian Walls, at the entrance of Via del Corso on the square. The churches are often cited as "twin", due to their similar external appearance: they have indeed some differences, in both plan and exterior details.Looking from the square, the two churches define the so-called "trident" of streets departing from Piazza del Popolo: starting from the left, Via del Babuino, Via del Corso and Via di Ripetta. The first two are separated by Santa Maria in Montesanto, the latter by Santa Maria dei Miracoli.The origin of the two churches traces back to the 17th-century restoration of what was the main entrance to the Middle Ages and Renaissance Rome, from the Via Flaminia (known as Via Lata and Via del Corso in its urban trait). Pope Alexander VII commissioned the monumental design of the entrance of Via del Corso to architect Carlo Rainaldi. This included two churches with central plans, but the different shapes of the two areas available forced deep modifications to the projects.Both were financed by cardinal Girolamo Gastaldi, whose crest is present in the two churches.
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  • Beautiful Church overlooking the well-known People's Square in Rome. Circular in shape, it is to be visited not only for the Baroque exterior, but also for the richness of the works inside.
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  • Chiesa di Santa Maria dei Miracoli is one of two famous twin churches located on the Piazza del Popolo... Built in 1675. Architects - Carlo Rainaldi, Carlo Fontana and Lorenzo Bernini. They also built her eastern twin, Santa Maria in Montesanto. When visiting Chiesa di Santa Maria dei Miracoli it is impossible not to pay attention to the miraculous image of the Virgin, who gave the name of the church...
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  • I love this view of the twins and the story of how it came to be! They are not exactly equal but the genius of architecture is stunning!  more »
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  • There are two churches at Piazza del Popolo, just next to Via del Corso. One is Santa Maria dei Miracoli, we entered and it is typical baroque church. The second one was closed.
  • We visited this church during our tour of the catacombs. This was an amazing out of the way church. Most people don't even realize that it's even there. It has a lot of history. It was a home at one time and the man of the house kept hearing running water and they started digging down and eventually (Long after the family was gone, because it took a lot of years. Roman's don't tear down places, they build on top of them) they found a running spring 4 stories under the house. This is another place that needs to be seen if you are ever in Rome
  • Twin Churches - both are amazingly beautiful for a mass while visiting Rome. Or for a wedding ceremony. Next to piazza popolo and lots of great restaurants. Recommend the visit to take in the beautiful scenic views.
  • Beautiful twin Churches, but inside aren't... it's impressive!)
  • Historical church. A must see!
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