Carlo Fontana created many monumental structures in Rome including: the cupola of the Cybo Chapel in Santa Maria del Popolo and the Ginetti Chapel in Sant’Andrea della Valle. He is responsible for one of the fountains in front of Saint Peter’s Basilica and he restored the fountain in front of Santa Maria in Trastevere which is one of the oldest fountains in Rome.
These churches define the crossroads of Via del Corso, Via del Babuino and Via di Ripetta in Rome. This area is called il Triente.
- Santa Maria dei Miracoli
- Santa Maria dei Miracoli in Piazza Popolo
The two charming churches of Santa Maria di Montesanto (left) and Santa Maria dei Miracoli are brimming with interesting art.
Santa Maria di Montesanto was erected first (1678) and Santa Maria dei Miracoli a few years later (1681).
Santa Maria in Montesanto was built over a church with the same name that was built on Via del Babuino. It was occupied by Carmelite monks. The name Montesanto means Holy Mountain and was named after Mount Carmel in Israel. Cardinal Gerolamo Gastaldi was instrumental in the construction of the church. It was completed in 1675. A belfry was added in the 18th century.
There is a lovely chapel dedicated to Saint Lucy. She is the patron saint of the blind.
There is also a Chapel dedicated to Santa Maria Magdelena de Pazzi who was cannonized by Pope Clemente XI in 1669. Carlo Maratta painted a beautiful altarpiece in the church, “Madonna with Child and Saints Francis and Jacob.”
There is a bust of Carlo Maratta in the Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli in Rome near the Termini Train Station. The presbytery has angels by Filippo Carcani with a 15th century altarpiece, “Virgin of Montesanto.” The columns are from Bernini’s bell tower at St. Peter’s Basilica
The high altar of Santa Maria dei Miracoli has the miraculous image of Our Lady of Miracles. There is a chapel dedicated to Our Lady of Betharram, named after a shrine in Lourdes France. The image of the sacred Madonna is on the high altar is surrounded by four marble angels by Antonia Raggi. Raggi was a student of Bernini who mastered the art of theatrical angels.
Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides at www.vino-con-vista.com