Santa Maria del Popolo Church - FURTHER INFORMATION
Santa Maria del Popolo Church - Rome visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Santa Maria del Popolo Church' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Roma.
The church of Santa Maria del Popolo is one of the more important churches in Rome, and a popular tourist attraction on Piazza del Popolo. The first religious building on this site was a chapel dedicated to Our Lady built over a tomb of the Domitia family in 1099. This was funded by the people of Rome, and hence the name 'Maria del Popolo' (Mary of the People). The chapel became a church in the 13C. The current church was built between 1472 and 1477, with further changes being made in the 16C and 17C.
Santa Maria del Poplo has several important features. The church facade is on the of the best examples of early the Renaissance style in Rome. Inside are numerous chapels decorated with various art from the Renaissance and Baroque eras. Here you will find, inside the Cerasi Chapel, canvases of 'Caravaggio' (Crucifixion of St. Peter and Conversion on the Way to Damascus). Also within S Maria del Popolo are the 'Assumption of the Virgin' by Annibale Carracci, frescoes by Pinturicchio, and sculptures by Andrea Bregno and Gian Lorenzo Bernini. The church dome is decorated with Raphael's 'Creation of the World' mosaics.