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Santa Maria in Montesanto, 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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  • Church "twin" of St. Mary's miracles but differs in forms, while maintaining a similar style. Bernini was also an architect. Beautiful works inside.
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  • Located in Piazza del Popolo next to its twin, separated by the Via del Corso: this beautiful circular Basilica is dominated by its dome and has a small and beautiful altar and small chapels around it. Your income is free
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  • Basilica di Basilica in Montesanto is another creation by architects Carlo Rainaldi, Carlo Fontana and Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini, built on Piazza del Popolo. The church was consecrated in 1675 and has been adorned by Rome and its Piazza del Popolo for almost three and a half centuries. By the way, although the churches of Santa Maria in Montesanto and Santa Maria dei Miracoli look like twins and give the impression of absolutely symmetrical, in fact - it is an illusion. Santa Maria in Montesanto is an oval, and Santa Maria dei Miracoli is a round...
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