Church of Sant'Ivo alla Sapienza

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Church of Sant'Ivo alla Sapienza

The University Sapienza initially used the church of S.Eustachio for the religious ceremonies and Diploma conferment. But Leo X had a chapel serving for these needs built on the territory of the University. A century later Urban VIII decided to make of give this chapel the importance appropriate to its functions, expressed in architecture and dimensions. F.Borromini began the works in 1642 that were finished only in 1666.

Chiesa di S.Ivo alla Sapienza
It is a masterpiece of Baroque architecture, with a remarkable light interior, containing a big unfinished Altar piece by P.da Cortona "S.Ivo and other saints". The dome is crowned by an ingenious spiral bell-tower. The church is dedicated to the saint patron of the lawyers who sponsored its construction. It was closed in 1870 and turned into the book store of Biblioteca Alessandrina, till the restoration in 1926, when it was re-consecrated and open to public.
inside interior of Basilica Sant'Ivo alla Sapienza architecture of Basilica Sant'Ivo alla Sapienza.
The church’s interior, due to the busy plan and the surge of the pilaster strips, continued from the dome into six segments, all in light colors, is even more surprising for the innovations in concepts and decorations, to the extent of forecasting the advent of Rococò. Not to be missed the magnificent canvas by Pietro da Cortona, representing "Sant'Ivo" and other splendid frescoes.

Church of Sant'Ivo alla Sapienza
Corso del Rinascimento, 40
00186, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione S. Eustachio (Senato-Corso Rinascimento) (Roma centro)
Church of Sant'Ivo alla Sapienza is Shown By "Map H Zone" As "44"
Telephone: 0039 06 3612562

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