Sagrestia del Borromini (Borromini Sacristy), Piazza Navona, Rome & Vatican City

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Sagrestia del Borromini, Piazza Navona, Rome

Sagrestia del Borromini (Borromini Sacristy) is an architectural complex, built for Pius VI by C.Marchionni (1776-84). It is an octagonal hall with a cupola supported by pilasters of yellow sienna marble and gray marble columns from Hadrian's Villa near the city of Tivoli.

Fig: sagrestia

This Sacristy [about sacristy (secretarium or diaconicum)] is connected with St Peter's by two arches. It stands right on the place where formerly was Circus of Nero, built by emperor Caligula in 37-41 a.C. On the floor close to the first arch is a mark showing the place where the Obelisk that now stands in the middle of Piazza San Pietro was standing. The entrance to Sagrestia is from the door of the Museo Storico Artistico or the Treasury in St Peter's.

Fig: aula

The Sacristy was built between 1658 and 1666 on design of Borromini and was originally planned to link the Church to the Innocenziano College. For many centuries the private chapel of the Pamphili family, the Sacristy became public again after its restoration that ended in 2000 for the Holy Year. Full of symbology, the decorations are of particular importance: the ceiling is divided into 13 parts representing the site of eternal life. The large one is by Paul Gismondi, an artist of Perugia, and it represents the Glory of Saint Agnes who appears to her parents kneeling besides her tomb. The two frescoes on each side represent Faith, with the Bible and a cross on her shoulders, and Purity, receiving a lily while giving a crown of roses. Both figures resemble the Saint depicted in the centre. Also on the list to witness is the gorgeous ceiling depicting early life. Check the website for events in Sagrestia del Borromini.

Aula di Paolo VI o Delle Udienze (Audience Hall)
Fig: Aula di Paolo VI o
Delle Udienze (Audience Hall)

On the left of Sagrestia stands Aula di Paolo VI o Delle Udienze (Audience Hall). It was built by P.L. Nervi and inaugurated by Paul VI on 30 June 1971. The hall can contain 12.000 persons (6.300 seats), has a parabolic vault.

aula alto
Fig: aula alto

Sagrestia del Borromini (Borromini Sacristy)
Piazza Navona - Via S.Maria dell’Anima,
30/A - 00186 ROMA
Rome (Roma) & Città del Vaticano (Vatican City) - ITALIA
Zone: Rione Parione (Navona-Campo de' Fiori) (Roma centro)/ Rione Parione (Navona-Campo de' Fiori) (Roma centro)
Sagrestia del Borromini (Borromini Sacristy) is Shown By "Map D Zone" As "3"
Bus: 70, 81, 87, 116, 116T, 186, 204, 492, 628
Entrance Fee: Ticket: €13.00. Reduced Ticket: €10.00, Reduction for Students: €5.00, Season ticket: from €70.00 to €90.00.
Ticket box office: Tickets are sold directly at the entrance of Sagrestia del Borromini, via S.M dell'Anima 30a, or at the main entrance of the Church in Piazza Navona. Mondays-Wednesdays- Saturdays, 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Tickets for the evening performances are sold one hour before the beginning of the concert.
TEL: +390668192134, 0039 06 21710027, Mobile phone: 0039 331 8104144

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