Chiesa Nuova (New Church) - Santa Maria in Vallicella

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The second name of the church ("New Church") was given to distinguish it from a previous Chiesa di S.Maria in Vallicella, which was destroyed together with the other two churches. "Vallicella" refers to the subsidence of the ground in this zone. The new church was begun starting from 1575 by initiative of S.Filippo Neri with the help of pope Gregory XIII and cardinal Angelo Cesi. Located in the Piazza Chiesa Nuova, on the Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, the church is midway between St. Peter's Basilica and Piazza Venezia. Close by are the Piazza Navona and Castel S. Angelo.
Chiesa Nuova (New Church) - Santa Maria in Vallicella, Via del Governo Vecchio, rome
Interior was projected by M.Longhi the Elder (1575-1605); the facade is by Fausto Rughesi. Vault, apse and dome were decorated by P.da Cortona (1664). High altar and presbytery preserve three paintings by P.P.Rubens, executed during his 3rd sojourn in Rome in 1606-1608. Rubens also carried out the two side canvases portraying “SS. Gregorio Magno, Mauro e Papia” and SS. Domitilla, Nereo and Achilleo” (1608). To the left from the presbitery one finds the chapel dedicated to SanFilippo Neri, rich of precious marbles, semi-precious stone and nacre. In the sacristy, which was carried out in 1629, one also finds works by Pietroda Cortona, Alessandro Algardi, Guido Reni, Guercino.

On the right of the apse is Cappella Spada, designed by C.Rainaldi, with an altarpiece by C.Maratta. S.Filippo Neri is buried beneath the altar of the sumptuous Cappella di San Filippo (1600-1604) with the paintings by Pomarancio and a reproduction of original mosaic with the image of the saint by G.Reni. On the altar of the left transept is a painting by Barocci. The sacristy is one of the most beautiful in Rome with a statue of St Philip Neri and an angel, by A.Algardi (1640).

Chiesa Nuova (New Church) - Santa Maria in Vallicella
Via del Governo Vecchio, 134
Piazza Chiesa Nuova, on the Corso Vittorio Emanuele II
00186, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Ponte (Via Coronari-Ponte Vittorio) (Roma centro)
Chiesa Nuova (New Church) - Santa Maria in Vallicella is Shown By "Map H Zone" As "36"
Hours: Open 08:00am-12:00pm 04:30pm-07:00pm. Mass times: Holidays: 08:00 am-10: 00am-06: 30pm, Weekdays: 08:00 am-10: 00am-06: 30pm. During the Holy Mass it is not possible to visit the church.
Buses: 40, 46, 62, 64, 190, 571 and 916 (bus stop "Chiesa Nuova")
Telephone: 0039 06 6875289 - 68808448
Fax: 0039 06 6873124

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