Santa Maria dei Sette Dolori, Rome

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Santa Maria dei Sette Dolori is a Baroque church in Rome built attached to a convent in the rione of Trastevere, located on Via Garibaldi, near the intersection with Via dei Panieri.Construction of the church was begun in 1643 with plans by Francesco Borromini, annexed to an Augustinian nunnery that was founded by Camilla-Virginia Savelli Farnese, Duchess of Latera. However, when the fortunes of the House of Farnese declined, so did the funding for the church, and by 1655 the work was stopped. The convent underwent a number of tribulations during the nineteenth century, however, it was not deconsecrated in 1873, as were many other monasteries. Since then, the nunnery has slowly ebbed and most of the convent is now the Hotel Donna Camilla Savelli. The Diocese presently lists the church as being in the care of the few remaining nuns of the order of Suore Oblate del Santo Bambino Gesù. The monastery also served as a place to hide Jews from the fascist authorities active in the Holocaust during World War II.The facade of the church remains in brick, deprived of decoration. It has concave front and some odd-shaped windows that underscore Borromini's Baroque idiosyncrasies. The interior still contains some of the marble sculptural decorations plus a St Augustine and the Mystery of the Trinity by Carlo Maratta and a canvas by Marco Benefial.
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  • I felt very strong because the interval of the pillar of the beige that the orange was covered was narrow. The beams are thick and the green marble in the center is impressive. A few years ago, i didn't know, but there was a restaurant-like space, a bright space imaginable from the brick façade, and the garden was beautiful.
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  • borrominian, perhaps the most unknown creation of the great architect. Church and convent, today a part of the monastery has been transformed into a luxury hotel. The severe unfinished facade reflected the cloistered of the nuns-order of cloistered order.
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  • For those interested in architecture, and in particular the work of Francesco Borromini, the Chiesa Santa Maria dei Sette Dolori and its monastery are very interesting. The brick façade is articulated in concave and convex curves but has remained unfinished. Part of the monastery having been converted into a luxury hotel is not visitable, and when we came the church was unfortunately closed...
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  • Often overlooked, this is another example of Borromini's genius, in particular the facade with its subtle undulations and unique geometry.
  • Very beautiful place!
  • St. Mary of the Seven Sorrows, is a beautiful church of Borromini, the main portal is not the real entrance that is located to the side, passing through an octagonal vestibule you get inside the church. to see the trabe that develops in continuity according to Syrian arches. the trabeation is interrupted by a bell window, which delimits the choir of the nuns of clausura.la trabeation takes on the particular trend said to dolphin, a trend so dear to the borromini that is found in many of his works and also in the canopy of St. Peter del Bernini in which Borromini had lent his work. From the Janiculum you can see the total extent of the monastery.
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  • I was in this beautiful Brunelleschi-designed church to listen to a Meridies Choir concert conducted by Carmelina Sorace on April 13, 2019. Beautiful execution.
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  • Place of the heart
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