Visit Sant’Agnese in Agone and Enjoy Music in Bernini’s Rome:
In the heart of historic Rome is Piazza Navona, one of the city’s most beautiful Baroque piazzas. One of the impressive buildings that make up Piazza Navona’s Baroque architecture is Sant’Agnese in Agone.
Sant’Agnese in Agone is a church dedicated to St Agnes, a young girl who became a martyr in AD304. There are many versions of stories in regard to her martyrdom, some rather gory, but given the period of her martyrdom none of the legends has been verified. Sant’Agnese in Agone stands on the site where it is believed that St Agnese died.
The Pamphili Family Church
Sant’Agnese in Agone was built in the mid-17th century under the patronage of Pope Innocent X. Adjacent to Sant’Agnese in Agone is the Palazzo Pamphili, residence of the Pamphili family. Sant’Agnese in Agone became the Pamphili family chapel and there was even an opening formed in the drum of the dome so that the family could take part in religious services from their palace.
A number of architects were involved in the construction of Sant’Agnese in Agone, starting with Girolamo Rainaldi (a Pamphili family architect) and his son Carlo. They were replaced by Borromini and later on Bernini was commissioned to take over. Bernini’s much-admired Fountain of the Four Rivers is in front of the church.
Music in Bernini’s Rome
The times we’ve been to Piazza Navona, Sant’Agnese in Agone was wrapped in scaffolding and it’s good to know that the church has now been returned to its original splendour. Sant’Agnese in Agone hosts the Music in Bernini’s Rome event where visitors can enjoy a tour of the church and then enjoy music by the great composers of Bernini’s time, including Frescobaldi, Monteverdi, Caccini, Falconieri and others.
Sant’Agnese in Agone
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