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Inside the church of Sant'Ivo alla Sapienza in Rome, a Baroque masterpiece built in 1642-1660 by Francesco Borromini. 
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Inside the church of Sant'Ivo alla Sapienza in Rome, a Baroque masterpiece built in 1642-1660 by Francesco Borromini.

"The church started out, around the 14th century, as a chapel of the palace of the University of Rome. The University is called La Sapienza, and the church is devoted to St. Yves (patron saint of jurists), giving the church its name. Borromini was forced to adapt his design to the already existing palace. He chose a plan resembling a star of David, and merged the facade of the church with the courtyard of the palace. The dome, with its corkscrew lantern, is remarkable in its novelty. The complex rhythms of the interior have a dazzling geometry. It is a rational architecture - intricate to view, but on paper the overlap of a circle on two superimposed equilateral triangles creates a basis for a hexagonal array of chapels and altar in a centralized church. The undulations, both concave and convex of the interiors, create a jarring yet stunning appeal. The decoration is a mixture of novel organic (six-winged cherubic heads) and geometric (stars), more platonic than the contemporary gilded and plaster excesses of Gianlorenzo Bernini. Rising along the base of three of the dome’s pillars are the symbol of the papal Chigi family, the "six mountain beneath a star". The main artwork of the interior is the altarpiece by Pietro da Cortona, portraying St. Yves." (Churches of Rome Wiki, CC-BY-SA).
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Inside the church of Sant'Eustachio in Rome. 
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Inside the church of Sant'Eustachio in Rome.

"The church was founded in the 8th century, or possibly even earlier. The church was recorded as a diaconia (a centre for helping the poor and the sick) at the end of the pontificate of Pope Gregory II (715-731). It is mentioned in some documents dating from the 10th and 11th centuries, where this church is called in platana (between the plane trees) referring to the tree planted in the garden of the martyr Eustace. The emperor Constantine I had previously built an oratory on this same spot. This church was called "ad Pantheon in regione nona e iuxta templum Agrippae" (at the Pantheon in the ninth region and next to the temple of Agrippa").

The church was restored (including the addition of a new campanile). at the end of the 12th century during the pontificate of Pope Celestine III (1191–1198), who also deposited the relics of the martyr in the church. In the 16th century, it was a favoured praying-place for St Philip Neri. In the 17th and 18th centuries it was almost completely rebuilt (with only the campanile remaining from the old structure) by several architects : Cesare Corvara and Giovanni Battista Contini (1641–1723), who added chapels and the portico, Antonio Canevari (1681–1750), Nicola Salvi (1697–1751) and finally, from 1728, Giovanni Domenico Navone. The new high altar, in bronze and polychrome marble, was added by Nicola Salvi in 1739 and in 1749 Ferdinando Fuga put a baldachin over it. The choir and the sacristy were realized by Giovanni Moscati (but designed by Canevari). The church was designed in Roman Baroque style." (Text from Wikipedia).

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Sant'Eustachio, RomeNativity scene at Sant'Eustachio, Rome
Inside the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere, Rome, Italy. 
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Inside the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere, Rome, Italy.

The Basilica of Our Lady in Trastevere (Italian: Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere) is a titular minor basilica, one of the oldest churches in Rome, and perhaps the first in which Mass was openly celebrated. The basic floor plan and wall structure of the church date back to the 340s, The first sanctuary was built in 221 and 227 by Pope Calixtus and later completed by Julius I. [...] It underwent two restorations in the fifth and eighth centuries. In 1140-43 the church was re-erected on its old foundations under Pope Innocent II. [...]

The present nave preserves its original (pre-12th century) basilica plan and stands on the earlier foundations. The 22 granite columns with Ionic and Corinthian capitals that separate the nave from the aisles came from the ruins of the Baths of Caracalla, as did the lintel of the entrance door. Inside the church are a number of late 13th-century mosaics by Pietro Cavallini on the subject of the Life of the Virgin (1291) centering on a "Corontation of the Virgin" in the apse. (Text from Wikipedia).

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Mosaic in the apse of the Basilica of Santa Maria in TrastevereMosaic in the apse of the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere
Inside the 19th-century church of San Giovanni della Malva in Rome's Trastevere. 
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Inside the 19th-century church of San Giovanni della Malva in Rome's Trastevere.
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Inside the church of San Crisogono in the Trastevere district of Rome. 
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Inside the church of San Crisogono in the Trastevere district of Rome.

The church was one of the tituli, the first parish churches of Rome. It was probably built in the 4th century under Pope Silvester I (314–335), rebuilt in the 12th century by John of Crema, and again by Giovanni Battista Soria, funded by Scipione Borghese, in the early 17th century. [...] The 22 granite columns in the nave are recycled antique columns. The floor is Cosmatesque, but most of it is hidden by the pews. The confessio in the sanctuary area is from the 8th century. The high altar is from 1127, with a baldachino from (1627 or 1641) by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. The painting in the middle of the Baroque coffered ceiling is by Guercino, and depicts the Glory of Saint Chrysogonus. (Text from Wikipedia).
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17th-century mosaic designs based on the Borghese coat of arms (San Crisogono, Rome)17th-century mosaic designs based on the Borghese coat of arms (San Crisogono, Rome)17th-century mosaic designs based on the Borghese coat of arms (San Crisogono, Rome)17th-century mosaic designs based on the Borghese coat of arms (San Crisogono, Rome)17th-century mosaic designs based on the Borghese coat of arms (San Crisogono, Rome)
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