I posted about churches seen in 2010 here:
That trip totalled 27 churches. Here’s the churches I saw this trip.
1. Santa Maria in Vallicella or Chiesa Nuova, which I had seen before but had a better look inside this time.
2. Sant’Ivo alle Sapienza, which I wrote about earlier in my Borromini post.
3. Sant’Agnes in Agone, which I’ve also already written about and have seen every time I have come to Rome.
4. San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane or San Carlino, which I had also seen before and wrote about in my Borromini post.
5. Santi Vincenzo e Anastanzio, which faces the Trevi Fountain. I did not go inside but there are embalmed hearts of popes in there. It is now being used by the Bulgarian Orthodox Church.
6. San Salvatore in Lauro, near Piazza Navona and Gelateria del Teatro, which I saw when looking for gelato. I went past again later but mass was being conducted so I didn’t go in.
7. San Luigi dei Franchesi, which has Caravaggio’s Matthew cycle. Another church I have been to every time I have come to Rome.
8. The Pantheon, aka Santa Maria ad Martyres. Seen before but did not go inside because of the crowds.
9. Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, which I have seen many times as it is near the Pantheon. Inside it has a Michelangelo statue that you can touch and outside is Bernini’s elephant with the obelisk on its back.
10. San Giovanni della Pigna, near the Pantheon. Had not seen this one tucked in a small piazza and it wasn’t open. It was built in the early 1600s and has a very restrained style for a Baroque era church.
11. Santissima Stimmate de San Francesco, near the Pantheon, just off Corso Vittorio Emanuele II. The facade was hard to photograph as there’s just a narrow road in front. It did not have hours posted for when it’s open, only a sign referring to a market. It is late Baroque in style.
12. Santa Chiara, which is only open Thursdays so I never went inside. The facade was built in the late 19th century.
13. Sant’Eustachio, which has a deer’s head on top in reference to St Eustace, who was a 2nd century Roman general who saw a cross while deer hunting and converted. The facade is early 18th century.
14. Santa Maria delle Pace, which I wrote about in two earlier posts.
15. San Girolamo dei Croati, which I also wrote about earlier.
16. Santissima Trinità dei Pellegrini, near Campo dei Fiori, late Baroque with Latin cross interior.
17. Santa Maria del Popolo, which I wrote about describing my last art history class.
18 & 19. Santa Maria dei Miracoli and Santa Maria de Montesanto or the twin churches. These are across the piazza from Santa Maria del Popolo and are not exactly twins but are referred to as twin churches. Montesanto, the top photo, was built first; designed by Carlo Rainaldi, the plans were revised by Bernini, and ultimately completed by Carlo Fontana. Miracoli was built shortly after.
21. Sant’Ambrogio e Carlo al Corso or San Carlo al Corso, near the Mausoleum of Augustus, is Baroque with a big Latin cross interior.
22. Santissima Trinità degli Spagnoli, near the Fendi store just off Via dei Condotti, built in the mid-1700s, it has an elliptical floor plan.
23. Santi Nomi di Gesu e Maria, stored on my computer, I have a photo of the exterior taken in 2018. This time I was just trying to momentarily get out of the rain but didn’t go in because mass was being conducted, but I could see a bit inside through the glass in the door.
24. San Giacomo in Augusta is right across via Corso from Gesù e Maria. Again, only tried to get a look through the door.
25. San Marcello al Corso, near the Doria Pamphilj, had a number of designers but was finish by Carlo Fontana, a late Baroque work.
26. Santa Maria in Via Lata, near Doria Pamphilj also, had various facade additions during the Baroque era.
A side chapel has a presepe, the Neapolitan Christmas nativity scenes, which can be a lot more elaborate than the manger scene, like this one.
27. Sant’Agostino, not far from Piazza Navona, I have been to before but finally got inside this trip to see the Caravaggio Madonna di Loreto. They now are asking for payment for the light and unfortunately, I didn’t have any coins on me.
28. San Nicola dei Lorenesi, near Piazza Navona, is an official French church.
29. Santa Maria dell’Anima, across from San Nicola, is the national church of Germany with a Renaissance exterior.
30. Sant’Apollinare alle Terme Neroniane-Alessandrine, north of Piazza Navona, has a mid 18th century facade done in 16th century style.
31. San Silvestro in Capite, has an unusual exterior designed by Renaissance architect, da Volterra and Baroque, Maderno, Borromini’s relative. I’d like to see inside sometime.
33. Sant’Andrea delle Fratte, has a Renaissance facade but the apse, the tambour of the cupola and the square bell tower or campanile with four orders is by Borromini.
34. San Giuseppe a Capo le Case, not too far from the Spanish Steps, is now part of a museum.
35. Trinita dei Monti, at the top of the Spanish Steps, is unmissable but I finally went inside this Renaissance church.
36. Santa Maria in Aquiro, near the Pantheon, has a late 18th century facade. Inside are some chapels with altar paintings by Caravaggio followers.
37. St. Peter’s, the last church I went into this trip. I read there are 800 churches in Rome. The guide for the Vatican tour thinks the number is 950. I got a long ways to go to see them all.