Chiesa di/ Church of Santa Maria della Pace

"Chiesa di/ Church of Santa Maria della Pace" submitted by RomeTour Editorial Team and last updated on Thursday 9th June 2011

nave of Santa Maria della Pace

This beautiful church and the space around it were created by initiative of Sixtus IV in 1480-1484 in the moment of grave political and religious threat for the peace on the territory of Italy, shaken by the Florentinian plot of the Pazzi and aggression of Turks. Previously this site was occupied by an old little church documented since the Middle Ages and named "of acquarellari", i.e. vendors of water to who it belonged. The image of Madonna venerated in this church was proclaimed by Sixtus IV "Madonna della Pace" (Madonna of Peace).

Chiesa di S.Maria della Pace, Arco della Pace, rome Church of Santa Maria della Pace, Via della Pace, rome
The project was probably by B.Pontelli and by Bramante. The dome was erected in 1520; but only under Alexander VII the whole of this religious complex received its definite form via the intervention of P.da Cortona. He harmonized the interior, rearranged the facade and the square in front of it.

Interior: Cappella Cesi, by A.da Sangallo the Younger; High Altar and choir, by C.Maderno; Cappella Chigi, executed by Raphael for Agostino Chigi with the paintings "Sibyls", by Raphael and "Prophets", by his pupil T.Viti; frescos and Presentation in the Temple, by B.Peruzzi.

The convent of S.Maria della Pace surrounds an exception cloister, by Bramante, built in 1500-1504, ordered of cardinal Oliviero Carafa. The harmony of two rows of arcades one above the other, with the columns of the upper row rise from the centers of the arches in the lower row, and a loggia over them also on pilasters and columns, joining the calm atmosphere, make this place an angle of meditation and peace. Originally the convent was destined for the Lateran canons, then, under Pius VII it passed to the Dominicans and, finally, to the regular clergy.
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In the first part, the interior consists of a short double spanned nave with cross vaults, which keeps intact the fifteen-century structure. In this area of the church one can admire the famous "sibille", painted by Raffaello by order of the Senese banker Agostino Chigi in1514. Not to be missed out the cloister, first work in Rome for Bramante.

In the houses #25-27 of the Piazza di S.Maria della Pace in the beginning of the 18th century was open a branch of Chalcography De Rossi, famous family business producing numerous prints of the major artists illustrating Rome of the 17th and 18th centuries.

Chiesa di/ Church of Santa Maria della Pace
Arco della Pace (Via della Pace), 5
00186, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Ponte (Via Coronari-Ponte Vittorio) (Roma centro)
Chiesa di/ Church of Santa Maria della Pace is Shown By "Map H Zone" As "50"
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Saturday 9.00-12.00
Telephone: 0039 06 6861156

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