Roma - Piazza del Popolo - Church Santa Maria in Montesanto 1675.

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SANTA MARIA IN MONTESANTO , erected over a church with the same name that lay at the beginning of Via del Babuino, and was occupied by Carmelite monks. The name Montesanto (Holy Mountain) referred to Mount Carmel in Israel. The patron was Cardinal Gerolamo Gastaldi, and construction of the present church was begun on July 15, 1662, and finished in 1675, with other additions by 1679. Originally by Carlo Rainaldi, the plans were revised by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, and ultimately completed by Carlo Fontana. A belfry was added in the 18th century. The statues of saints on the exterior have been attributed to Bernini's design. The interior has an elliptical plan, with a dodecagonal cupola. In 1825, the church was made a minor basilica.

In 1951, the Monsignor established a tradition of the Mass of the Artists, where on the last Sunday of October till June 29, a mass is held every Sunday with reading by an artist, and animated by music. At the end of the mass, a prayer for the artists is read.

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Rainer D on January 11, 2013

Great shot, Like, best wishes und greetings from Germany, Rainer

sonjamar on January 11, 2013

Thank you RainerD007 .Nice greetings

timek on January 12, 2013

Very beautiful composition. LIKE ! Greetings, timek

Göran Sjöstrand on February 11, 2013

Good shot, nice perspective. Like. Greetings, Göran

sonjamar on February 11, 2013

timek, thank you.Greetings

sonjamar on February 11, 2013

Göran Sjöstrand, thank you for visit and nice comment.Greetings

crvzr on July 10, 2013

Voici une amusante transparence... L

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Photo taken in Rione IV Campo Marzio, Roma, Italy

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