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Chiesa San Ignazio di Loyola, Rome: 15 reviews and 41 photos

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Sant Ignazio is a roman catholic church was built in 1650 by architect Orazio Grassi in baroque style. It?s dedicated to St Ignatius of Loyola which was the founder of Jesuit order in 1540.

After spending some minutes on the square (piazza di Sant Ignazio) checking the building with the pastel colors (pic 2) we went inside and checked the interior (pic 3) where the spacious wide nave surprises the visitor while there are many side chapels.

Around the nave there are a lot of Corinthian columns but then we saw the painting up on the dome (pic 4) where we confused for a while as it it?s obviously a 3D painting! (early optical illusion?). It was made by Andrea Pozzo showing Sant Ignazio welcomed by Jesus Christ upon his arrival into paradise. There is a spot on the floor that you can really enjoy the painting but my pic from that spot didn?t get out well.

The church has also many other paintings of A.Pozzo, sculptures (pic 5) and tombs of Jesuit saint like St.Aloysius and St.John Berchmans

By the way Andrea Pozzo was a Jesuit himself and the same applies for the architect O.Grassi too.
The church is open daily 8.00-18.00

Address: Via del Caravita 8A, Piazza di Sant Ignazio
Directions: 2? away from Temple of Hadrian, some buses that pass near are:28, 56, 60, 62, 71, 81, 85, 87, 88, 90, 90b, 94, 95
Phone: +39 06 6794406
Website: http://www.chiesasantignazio.org

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Mar 20, 2011
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