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Santa Maria Maddalena, Rome

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The Santa Maria Maddalena is a Roman Catholic church in Rome, named after Saint Mary Magdalene. It is located on the Via della Maddalena, one of the streets leading from the Piazza della Rotonda in the Campo Marzio area of historic Rome.HistoryThe Clerks Regular, Ministers to the Sick, order established by Saint Camillus de Lellis, had a church at that location in Rome since 1586 and in the 17th century started the construction of the current church, which was completed in 1699 in the Baroque style.In seventy years of work several architects were involved including Carlo Quadri, Carlo Fontana (who is thought to have designed the dome) and Giovanni Antonio de Rossi. It is uncertain who designed the curved main facade, which was finished circa 1735 and is Rococo, an unusual style in Roman church facades. It also displays motifs reminiscent of Borromini. Early guide books credit Giuseppe Sardi with the its design. Between 1732 and 1734, however, as architect of the order, the Portuguese architect Manuel Rodrigues dos Santos directed the completion of works at the church. The historian Alessandra Marino believes that it is to Dos Santos, rather than Giuseppe Sardi, that the design for the highly unusual façade decoration should be attributed. The architectural historian Nina Mallory has also maintained that Sardi is unlikely to be the designer of the façade.
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  • One more small and beautiful church in Rome, this very well located and surrounded by incredible attractions like the Pantheon and Piazza Navona
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  • This is the Church of Santa Maria Maddalena is a short walk from the Piazza della Rotonda in front of the pantheon. Characterized by yellow facade and inside ceiling is yellow, inside the main entrance is decorated with gold. The pillars are decorated fine, there.
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  • In contrast to the pantheon a couple of streets away, this church is the most breathtakingly beautiful and serene place. Please go, don't spoil the silence and make sure you donate! 
  • A Must-See Church. It is located just steps from the Pantheon. The Baroque church has breath-taking frescoes. The sunnier the weather - the more brilliant the frescoes appear. To the right of the high altar is St. Camillus. To the left is a chapel with hundreds (if not thousands) of saintly relics and a 13th (?) Century wooden statue of St. Mary Magdalen. Well worth a visit.
  • We stumbled across this place and it is one of the most beautiful buildings I have ever seen. The sunlight streaming through the windows made it quite magical
  • A totally unplanned stop. Not dazzling outside but absolutely awesome inside, 70 years of work by masters, words just fail to describe its beauty, what a well-hidden gem in Rome!
  • Lovely building. Please visit
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