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Santa Maria della Pace, Rome

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Santa Maria della Pace is a church in Rome, central Italy, not far from Piazza Navona. The building lies in rione Ponte.
The current building was built on the foundations of the pre-existing church of Sant'Andrea de Aquarizariis in 1482, commissioned by Pope Sixtus IV. The church was rededicated to the Virgin Mary to remember a miraculous bleeding of a Madonna image there in 1480. The author of the original design is not known, though Baccio Pontelli has been proposed.
In 1656 - 67 Pope Alexander VII had the edifice restored by Pietro da Cortona, who also added the famous Baroque façade projecting from its concave wings: this, devised to simulate a theatrical set, has two orders and is entered by a semi-circular pronaos with paired Tuscan columns. The church presses forward almost to fill its tiny piazza; several houses had to be demolished by Pietro da Cortona to create even this miniature trapezoidal space. This newly formed piazza, focussed on the church facade even in its architectural detailing, had the additional benefits of facilitating the turning of coaches which had become so fashionable with the Roman nobility of the time and creating an ingenious unified ensemble of the church in its urban setting. The play of concave and convex forms at varying scales in and around the predominant main facade masks the neighbouring buildings, extends the apparent breadth of the facade and so increases the visual impact on the spectator physically confined by the small trapezoidal piazza. The monumental effect of the plasticity of forms, spatial layering and chiarascuro lighting effects belies the actual scale of this urban intervention.
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  • Outside stands out the beautiful baroque-style convex façade preceded by a semicircular pronao with Doric columns, and the bell tower dating from the 12th century. Inside is a short ship that ends with an octtogonal dome and the abside. On the high altar stands out the fresco of the fourteenth century of Our Lady and the Child. The Chigi chapel is attributed to Rapahel who also elaborated the frescoes above the chapel representing the Wheezing and angels.
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  • On the way to Piazza Navona from the Napoleon Museum at umberto bridge, we stopped at the Church of Santa Maria della Pace (free of charge, opening date and time note) where you can see Raphael's fresco "Miko". The map was essential because it was in the back of a built-in alley.
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  • The church of Santa Maria de La Paz surprised us by how beautiful, walking through Rome we found ourselves in front of this church and we decided to enter, has some very beautiful frescoes that make it beautiful inside. It has a chapel that was made by Raphael and you can see in the Church the artistic touch of the time and that was sponsored by traditional families because it can be seen in the inscriptions.
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  • This semi-unknown church is one of the best-kept secrets of Rome. The facade is a genial creation of Pietro da Cortona: not only it connects the surrounding buildings with the church, but it also make it look bigger. Inside, Raffaello, Rosso Fiorentino, Baldassarre Peruzzi. The cloister was designed by Bramante. Definitely worth visiting!!
  • A very beautiful interior. First class art and magnificent alters.
  • One of my favourite little Churches in all of Rome.
  • 1640’s baroque church by Pietro de Cortona - bulging popping circular forms, addressing movement of the streets around it.
  • Cafe is super. Museum closed til 26.9.19
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