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Santa Maria in Vallicella/Chiesa Nuova

  • Corso Vittorio Emanuele II Map It
  • Piazza Navona
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Published 06/20/2007

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This church, sometimes known as Chiesa Nuova (New Church), was built toward the end of the 16th century at the urging of Philip Neri and, like Il Gesù, is a product of the fervor of the Counter-Reformation. It has a sturdy Baroque interior, all white and gold, with ceiling frescoes by Pietro da Cortona depicting a miracle reputed to have occurred during the church's construction: the Virgin and strong-armed angels hold up the broken roof to prevent it from crashing down upon the congregation below. The Church is most famous for its three magnificent altarpieces by Rubens.

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Piazza della Chiesa Nuova, Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, Rome, Latium, 00186, Italy

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Published 06/20/2007


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