Chiesa Nuova

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Chiesa Nuova information

Rome , Italy
Piazza della Chiesa Nuova
Getting there
Bus: Corso Vittorio Emanuele II
Opening hours
7.30am-noon & 4.30-7.15pm Mon-Sat, 8am-1pm & 4.30-7.15pm Sun
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Not exactly nuova (new) as the name would suggest, this imposing landmark church, also known as the Chiesa di Santa Maria in Vallicella, boasts a distinguished17th-century facade and a rich baroque interior. Of particular note are the superb ceiling frescoes by Pietro da Cortona and several paintings by Peter Paul Rubens.

Built in 1575 as part of a complex to house Filippo Neri’s Oratorian order, it was originally a large plain church in accordance with Neri's wishes. But when Neri died in 1595 the artists moved in – Rubens painted over the high altar, and Pietro da Cortona decorated the dome, tribune and nave. Neri was canonised in 1622 and is buried in a chapel to the left of the apse.

Next to the church is Borromini’s Oratorio dei Filippini , and behind it the Torre dell’Orologio , a clock tower built to decorate the adjacent convent.