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Sant’Agnese in Agone (Chiesa_di_San'Agnese_in_Agone), Rome

Overview

Sant'Agnese in Agone - exterior
Sant'Agnese in Agone - exterior

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Sant'Agnese in Agone - interior
Sant'Agnese in Agone - interior

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Sant'Agnese in Agone is a Baroque church located in Piazza Navona in Rome. It is consecrated to Saint Agnes, an early Christian martyr, and one of the seven women commemorated by name in the Canon of the Mass, besides the Blessed Virgin Mary. She was martyred at the age of 12 in the Stadium of Domitian, currently Piazza Navona. The name of the church doesn't mean "in agony", but refers to the location of the church, "Piazza in Agone" the old name of Piazza Navona. In 1652 Pope Innocent X, born Giovanni Battista Pamphili, ordered the building of the church in Piazza Navona, next to his family's palace, and initially intended it to be a family chapel. He commissioned the works first to architects Girolamo Rainaldi and his son Carlo Rainaldi, and then to Francesco Borromini. The main altar is the "The Holy Family" (1676) by Domenico Guidi, a marble relief. The relief above the first altar on the right is "Death of Saint Alexius" by Giovanni Francesco Rossi. On the first altar on the left is "Martyrdom of Saint Eustace" by Melchiorre Cafà and finished by his master, Ferrata after his death. On the second altar on the right is "Martyrdom of Saint Emerentiana" by Ercole Ferrata, and on the second altar on the left is "Death of Saint Cecilia" by Antonio Raggi. On the second altar of the transept on the right is the "Saint Agnes on the Pyre" by Ercole Ferrata, and on the second altar of the transept on the left is "St Sebastian" by Pier Paolo Campi, and two marble angels by his master Pierre Le Gros. The tomb of Pope Innocent X (1729) is by Giovanni Battista Maini. There is a shrine for Saint Agnes containing her skull, and the marble relief is by Alessandro Algardi.
Main Altar with relief 'The Holy Family' by Domenico Guidi
Main Altar with relief 'The Holy Family' by Domenico Guidi

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Cupola and bell tower
Cupola and bell tower

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Shrine of Saint Agnes, containing her skull
Shrine of Saint Agnes, containing her skull

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'Saint Agnes on the Pyre' by Ercole Ferrata
'Saint Agnes on the Pyre' by Ercole Ferrata

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Statue of Saint Sebastian by Pier Paolo Campi and Angels by Pierre Le Gros
Statue of Saint Sebastian by Pier Paolo Campi and Angels by Pierre Le Gros

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'The Death of Saint Alexius' by Giovanni Francesco Rossi
'The Death of Saint Alexius' by Giovanni Francesco Rossi

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'The Death of Saint Cecilia' by Antonio Raggi
'The Death of Saint Cecilia' by Antonio Raggi

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'The Martyrdom of Saint Eustace' by Melchiorre Cafa
'The Martyrdom of Saint Eustace' by Melchiorre Cafa

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'The Martyrdom of Saint Emerentiana' by Ercole Ferrata
'The Martyrdom of Saint Emerentiana' by Ercole Ferrata

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