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Chiesa Sant'Agnese in Agone, Rome: 10 reviews and 26 photos

  Santa Agnese in Agone Tower & Dome in background
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  • Santa Agnese in Agone Tower & Dome in background - Rome
      Santa Agnese in Agone Tower & Dome in background
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  • Church of Santa Agnese in Agone - Rome
  • Papal Dove and Olive Leaf - Rome
      Papal Dove and Olive Leaf
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Agone (agonistic) is a reference to the races which took place in the Stadium.

The initial plan for Santa Agnese was designed by Girolamo Rainaldi helped by his son Carlo. Work started in 1652, but one year later Francesco Borromini replaced Rainaldi and modified almost entirely the design of the façade, which was expanded to include parts of the Pamphili palace, thus gaining space to erect the two bell towers. Borromini designed also the dome on a high drum.
In 1655 Pope Innocentius X died and soon Borromini lost the support of Prince Camillo Pamphili who recalled Carlo Rainaldi, who completed the façade by 1666. Although Rainaldi modified some aspects of the façade, of the towers and of the dome the overall impression is of consistency in style.
Santa Agnese represented the solution vainly pursued for St Peter's by Bernini and it became a model for having a balance between the dome and the façade of a church. Each of the bell towers has a clock: this occurs also in St Peter's and in SS. Trinità dei Monti. The clocks indicated two different times: the Italian time and the European time (Tempo Ultramontano): W. J. Goethe gave a detailed description of the two practices in his Italienische Reise - September 17, 1786.
Typically, the church has the dove of the Pope everywhere.

Reference text by permission Roberto Piperno for non-commercial purpose only

Address: Piazza Navona
Directions: Rome Center

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  • Written Jun 26, 2006
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