Rome: Il Gesù

De Santissimo Nome di Gesù all’Argentina – door vrijwel iedereen gewoon Il Gesù genoemd – is de moederkerk van de Orde van de Jezuïeten. Hoewel de Orde al in 1534 werd gesticht en zes jaar later pauselijke goedkeuring kreeg, duurde het nog tot 2013 voordat ze zelf een paus voor…

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Rome: Il Gesù

The Santissimo Nome di Gesù all’Argentina – simply called Il Gesù by just about anyone – is the mother church of the Jesuit Order. Although founded in 1534 and approved six years later, the Order did not provide the Catholic Church with a pope until 2013, when Jorge Mario Bergoglio…

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Rome: Chiesa Nuova

De naam Chiesa Nuova is natuurlijk maar een bijnaam. De officiële naam van deze immense kerk uit de tijd van de Contrareformatie is altijd de Santa Maria in Vallicella geweest. De kerk is gewijd aan de Maagd Maria en subsidiair aan Paus Gregorius de Grote (590-604). Deze tweede wijding vloeit…

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Rome: Chiesa Nuova

The name Chiesa Nuova is obviously just a nickname. The official name of this immense Counter-Reformation church is and has always been the Santa Maria in Vallicella. The church is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and has a subsidiary dedication to Pope Saint Gregorius the Great (590-604). This latter dedication…

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Rome: San Lorenzo in Damaso

The San Lorenzo in Damaso is one of several churches in Rome dedicated to the third century deacon and martyr Saint Lawrence. Other churches in the city seem to be connected to episodes in his life. For instance, the San Lorenzo in Fonte was built on the alleged spot where…

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Rome: Palazzo Barberini

After discussing three dozen churches in Rome, it is now time to discuss a museum again. The Palazzo Barberini was a pleasant surprise during my last visit to the Eternal City back in January of this year. It is one of two locations of the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica, the…

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Rome: Santa Maria della Pace

I stumbled upon this lovely little church by chance. It is located directly behind the Santa Maria dell’Anima, not far from the Piazza Navona. The most intriguing exterior feature of the church is its facade, and especially the round portico designed by Pietro da Cortona (1596-1669) in the seventeenth century.…

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