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Basilica di Santa Maria in Montesanto
(Rome, Italy)

Santa Maria in Montesanto is a church in Rome , located in Campo Marzio , in the Piazza del Popolo , Via del Corso and Via del Babuino , also known as the Church of the artists. It is popularly known as the twin church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli , while presenting significant differences especially in setting planimetric.

History

The name of the church derives from the fact that it replaced a small church that belonged to the Friars Carmelites in the province of Monte Santo in Sicily. It was built on the initiative of Pope Alexander VII in 1662 , but the work was interrupted at the pontiff's death in 1667 , resumed in 1673 under the supervision of Bernini and the collaboration of Carlo Fontana , was completed in 1679 .
The church is within the elliptical while his so-called "twin" Santa Maria dei Miracoli is circular in shape, there are six side chapels, against four of his "mate."
Since 1953 the church became the seat of the Mass of the artists, a unique initiative created in 1941 by Ennio France , after changing several places for worship, liturgical event was housed in the church of Piazza del Popolo, where every Sunday for over fifty 'years, is celebrated this Mass which take part representatives of the world of culture and art, is also in this church who are often celebrated the funerals of people from the world of culture and television. For these reasons, it is also known as the "Church of the artists."
 
Under the twin churches are the remains of two tombs in the pyramid, very similar in size and shape to the Pyramid of Caius Cestius and the demolished Pyramid Vatican : even these two tombs had to go back to the Augustan age and were placed monumental entrance to the Campus Martius , just what you have today the two churches.
 
In this church, August 10 1904 , he was ordained priest Angelo Roncalli, the future Pope John XXIII .

Source: http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basilica_di_Santa_Maria_in_Montesanto

Basic Information

Year consecrated: 1679
Ecclesiastical status: Minor Basilica
Architectural style: Baroque
Address: Piazza del Popolo Rome , Italy
Coordinates: 41.909911, 12.476928
Website: http://www.chiesadegliartisti.it
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Hours: Lunedì - Venerdì 17.00 – 20.00 / Domenica 10.30 – 13.30
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