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The Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola at Campus Martius (Italian: Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola in Campo Marzio, Latin: Ecclesia Santi Ignatii a Loyola in Campo Martio) is a Roman Catholic titular church, of deaconry rank, dedicated to Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus, located in Rome, Italy. Built in Baroque style between 1626 and 1650, the church functioned originally as the chapel of the adjacent Roman College, that moved in 1584 to a new larger building and was renamed the Pontifical Gregorian University. The most recent Cardinal of the Titulus S. Ignatii de Loyola in Campo Martio was Cardinal Roberto Tucci, S.J.; he had been its Cardinal Deacon until he became its Cardinal Priest (i.e., opted for the order of cardinal priests, with this church being elevated "pro hac vice" to title).
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16 days ago
The paintings in this church is quite unique. Its has this 3D effect as one continues to look at it steadily. The ceiling was done by Andrea Pozzos illustrating the life of St. Ignatius and the missions of Jesuits. It also presents our blessed mother welcoming Ignatius into heaven. The dome has that 3D effect as well this was done to substitute for the lack of the actual dome with was lacking in the church. It's worth visiting! The high altar is also remarkable. The Latins cross style hands two beautiful side altars with high marble images. She hosts concerts and other evens. Very beautiful church.
3 months ago
A must see in Rome. Stare at the main vault and you'll be amazed by the depth that the prospective paintings provide. Look a little further to the main dome, it's fake... What?? Yes, it's just a perfect painting that creates the illusion of a real one. It will be clear once you walk underneath it. On the left, there is a station that in the evening turns the lights on for both the vault and the dome. 1€ each.
2 months ago
It's a beautiful church and a great place to just sit, rest and contemplate after a long day walking around the city. It may be most famous for it's fake dome, which was painted using the Trompe-l’oeil technique. It's not my favorite example of the art. I prefer the many sculptures.
2 months ago
Lovely church, appeared to be overlooked by most sightseers who are on their way to the Pantheon. Check out the magnification mirror they placed in the center so you can examine the details of the fresco overhead.
Michael B Shannon
2 months ago
Found this place by accident, takes your breath away when you walk inside, absolutely amazing paintings on the walls and ceiling. Best of all admission is free.
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