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Church of Saint Yves at La Sapienza

40 Corso del Rinascimento, Rome 00186 Italy
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  • Church of Saint Yves at La SapienzaPro 2014
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    This church designed by Borromini is not open very often. If it is, be sure to visit in order to see one of the best works by one of the most unique architects of the Baroque or any era.

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    Francesco Borromini's masterpiece. Even though it's a stone's throw from Piazza Navona, this little church is a hard to find. It is closed in July and August, I got very lucky, I went there June 28th!

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  • Church of Saint Yves at La Sapienza

    Step into the courtyard on your meanderings around town. It will take your breath away.

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    Relaxing, cool place to have rest in hot Rome.

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This masterpiece of Roman Baroque architecture was built in 1642 through 1660 by Italian architect Francesco Borromini. It was built on the site of the University of Rome's chapel, and Borromini was forced to adapt his design to the space already available. He chose the shape of a star of David, and added an innovative spiral cupola, which it is famed for to this day, and can be recognized even at a great distance. Art historians suggest the cupola represents the tower of Babel. The geometric patterns on the interior are dazzlingly complex.

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Aliases: Sant'Ivo alla Sapienza