"Church/ Chiesa di San Silvestro al Quirinale" submitted by RomeTour Editorial Team and last updated on Sunday 1st May 2011
This church was first mentioned in documents in 1030 and was reconstructed in the 16th century. The modest facade was created after the part of the nave was cut due to the construction of Via 24 Maggio in 1877. The double staircase leads to the entrance. Interior is on a Latin-cross plan and has only one nave with the side chapels. The painting decorations were executed by C.d'Arpino, M.Venusti, C.Nebbia. The funeral monument of cardinal Cornaro is by D.Fontana (1591). In the left transept is an ample Cappella Bandini by O.Mascherino (1585) with a dome, frescoes by Domenichino (1628) and statues by A.Algardi and F.Mochi. The decoration of long presbytery is also very rich.
From the church is an access to a little garden where Vittoria Colonna used to meet with Michelangelo and others. Many times the procession of cardinals to the Palazzo Quirinale, where the conclaves took place, begun from this church.
Via XXIV Maggio was realized in 1877 to connect the Quirinal Hill with the new Via Nazionale. It was named to commemorate the day in 1915 on which Italy declared war on Austria. Its construction caused destruction of the gardens of Palazzo Rospigliosi Pallavicini, as well as lowing and enlarging of the previous street.
The façade, divided into three orders ofpilaster strips, includes a fake entry portal surmounted by wide renewalsdecorated with coat of arms and a big oculus. To the left, the church can beaccessed via a little portal surmounted by a window with a balcony. The interior, with a single nave andsixteenth-century-wooden roofing, includes various chapels with paintings,statues and frescoed decorations carried out by artists such as Domenichino,Giovanni Alberti, il Cavalier d’Arpino, Alessandro Algardi. The BaldiniChapel, at the bottom of the left transept, deserves particular attention.
Church/ Chiesa di San Silvestro al Quirinale
Via 24 Maggio, 10
00187, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Monti (Colosseo-S.Giovanni-S.Maria Maggiore) (Roma centro)
Church/ Chiesa di San Silvestro al Quirinale is Shown By "Map E Zone" As "95"
Hours: Sundays 10.00am-6.00pm, Masses: Holidays 10.30am 6.00pm
Telephone: 0039 06 45421813 - 06 45425215