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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Comments (227)

sonjamar on October 12, 2012

Popi Braga thank you for visit and L&F .Greetings

Mojzer László on October 12, 2012

Dear Sonja!

This picture is very beautiful. Greetings: Laci LIKE

sonjamar on October 12, 2012

mojzer.laszlo thank you.All the best,Sonja

Guizel J.c on October 12, 2012

Beautiful picture and composition



sonjamar on October 12, 2012

Thank you PIT58 .Greetings

sonjamar on October 12, 2012

guizel, thank you for visit and L .Greetings

Nadia Kushnir on October 12, 2012


Lucien Kivit on October 12, 2012

Very beautiful view, very nice composition and capture, LIKE 23 and thanks for the added information, regards from Belgium, Lucien

Francisco “Francisco… on October 12, 2012

Nice capture and composition.


Best greetings,F

Trudi on October 12, 2012

Heel mooi, Sonja, zoals je dat stromende water hebt vastgelegd! LIKE

Rikimer on October 13, 2012

Very nice and original composition, dear Sonja! Like 28! Best wishes, Willi

Ildikó Fehérváry on October 13, 2012

Interesting shot, very good picture!


Best regards, Ildikó

Harry Taggart on October 13, 2012

Wonderful scene, Very nicely composed. Like 30 cheers scally from glasgow.

Prospero Zanardi on October 13, 2012

Inusuale ripresa di Piazza del Popolo sonjamar molto bella
LIKE Saluti, prospero

MAYAAMON on October 13, 2012


Bozor Magdi on October 13, 2012

Excellent shot



Very fine composition and excellent capture.


Best wishes.,Nikos1954.

Бобан Армуш on October 13, 2012

Добар снимак... Like 36.

vladanscekic on October 13, 2012



McBodes on October 13, 2012

Beautiful picture. Like 38. Greetings , Jose.

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Photo taken in Rione IV Campo Marzio, Roma, Italy

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  • Uploaded on October 12, 2012
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    by sonjamar
    • Camera: Canon PowerShot A560
    • Taken on 2011/08/02 15:56:31
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