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Church of Sant Ivo Alla Sapienza: photos, description Chiesa di Sant Ivo alla Sapienza)

Sant Ivo Alla Sapienza, the Roman Catholic Church in Rome. Built in the years 1642-1660 by the architect Francesco Borromini, it is considered a masterpiece of Roman Baroque architecture. To go into the courtyard of the Church can Corso del Rinascimento (three blocks from Piazza Navona).

In the 14th century on this place stood a small chapel belonging to the Roman University La Sapienza. The new Church was dedicated to Saint Ivo of Brittany, the patron Saint of lawyers. Borromini received the order for the construction of the Church, decided to erect a new building, and to modify existing buildings. He focused on the shape of a star of David and combined the curved lines of the facade of the Church with the courtyard of the Palazzo standing in that place. Helical Lanterna (lantern) at the dome was innovative for those years.

The interior of Sant Ivo Alla Sapienza is unique in its forms. For example, the Windows of the dome - much more than the side Windows. Each side aisle of the Church has a separate entrance, and these outputs are in a hexagonal room (one on each side) that are connected with the rotunda and small Windows of the facade. The walls of the rotunda and its dome is decorated with sculptures Borromini. And the main decoration of the Church is the altarpiece is the work of Pietro da Cortona, which depicts Saint Ivo of Brittany.

Facade of Sant Ivo Alla Sapienza is concave, and over it is a large balustrade. A key element of the facade is a helical Lanterna, surmounted by a cross.