"Church/ Chiesa di San Carlo (San Carlino) alle Quattro Fontane" submitted by RomeTour Editorial Team and last updated on Friday 29th April 2011
The church is dedicated to the SS.Trinita' and to St Charles Borromeo (S.Carlo), but it is popularly called "S.Carlino" because of its reduced dimensions. They say that the church enters precisely in the area of one of the pilasters that support the dome of St Peter's, so the popular saying was born "St Peter's is beautiful because it is big, and S.Carlino is beautiful because it is small". It was the first church dedicated to St Charles after he was canonized in 1610. It was built by Borromini for Spanish Trinity order, which settled in this zone since 1609.
Borromini worked here starting from 1634 until his death in 1667. Mentioned above characteristics of the church, its small dimensions, obliged to create ingenious solutions for the use of space. The facade is very elaborated; in the niche above the door is a statue of St Charles by A.Raggi (1680). Interior is elliptical with the dome of the same form. The crypt preserves a space which was destined for the tomb of Borromini, but he could never be buried here being the one who committed suicide.
The high and narrow winding façade is divided into six parts and has a portal surmounted by a niche with St Charles in a praying position. The interior, with an oval plan and covered by an elliptical dome elegantly decorated by hexagons, octagones and crosses that gradually reduce towards the little lantern, houses Corinthian columns that follow the winding movements of the walls, which house gracious chapels. The small cloister appears harmonic, organic, and proportioned: it is surrounded by Dorian and coupled columns that support the arches of the elegant porch.
In the convent is an interesting sacristy and a little cloister with a double row of columns and gracious balustrade. The present name of the church derives from the street on which it is located: Via delle Quattro Fontane.
Church/ Chiesa di San Carlo (San Carlino) alle Quattro Fontane
Via del Quirinale, 23
00187, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Trevi (Quirinale-Tritone-Barberini) (Roma centro)
Church/ Chiesa di San Carlo (San Carlino) alle Quattro Fontane is Shown By "Map E Zone" As "85"
Hours: Monday to Friday 10:00am-1.00pm 3.00pm-6.00pm., Saturday 10:00am-1.00pm., Sunday 10.00am-1.00pm., Masses:
Sunday 11.00am., during the celebration of the mass is not allowed to visit the church
Web site: http://www.sancarlino.eu/