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?Went to the Piazza Navona, being market-day, in search of prints. The scene here is very amusing; the variety of wares exposed, and the confusion of noises and tongues, and now and then a jackass swelling the chorus with his most exquisite tones.?
from ?Samuel F. B. Morse, His Letters and Journals? Wednesday, 7.April.1830
EXQUISITE SIGHT Francesco Borromini?s design for the Church of St. Agnes in Agony (Sant?Agnese in Agone) is exquisite, both inside and out. The church stands on the west side of Piazza Navona. The undulating facade is repeated on the inside. Like all Borromini interiors it lacks decoration; architectural movement carries the eye around this small, chapel-like church. It was built on the order of Pope Innocent X.
I am so happy that it was open and we took the time to visit this very moving space.
Of all the virgin martyrs of Rome, none was placed in such an honored position by the early church as St. Agnes. Since the end of the fourth century her virginity and heroism under torture have been praised.
The name of the church has nothing to do with Our Saint?s tortured martyrdom. St. Agnes met her fate in the Circus of Domitian, now the Piazza Navona. In agone was the ancient name of the area, and meant ?in the site of the competitions,? because the Circus of Domitian was an ancient stadium for footraces. Over the years the pronunciation morphed into Navona.
Be certain to take notice of ?The Death of St. Agnes? on the church?s high altar. Ercole Ferrata (1610-1686) is responsible for its design and carving.
Address: Piazza Navona
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