Sant'Eustachio Church

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Sant'Eustachio Church - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT

Panorama taken from the inside of Sant'Eustachio church in Rome. Image taken in 2006.

Sant'Eustachio Church - FURTHER INFORMATION

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Sant'Eustachio is a Roman Catholic titular church in Rome. Founded in the 8th century and named after St Eustace, the church stands close to the Pantheon. During the reign of Pope Gregory II (715-731), it was known as a diaconia (a centre for helping the poor and the sick). During the reign of Pope Celestine III in the 12th century the church was restored and a new campanile (bell tower) was added. Apart from the campanile, most of the current building dates from the 17th and 18th centuries and during this period a number of chapels, a new bronze and polychrome marble High Altar and baldachin were added.

Inside, the church is decorated in Baroque style with a rib vault stuccoed with flowers and leaves. Some of the main highlights within the church include:

  • Dome over the crossing is decorated with a representation of the Holy Spirit.
  • Main altarpiece representing the martyrdom of Saint Eustace and his family who were roasted to death inside a bronze statue of a bull or an ox, in the year AD 118 and painted in 1727 by Francesco Ferdinandi.
  • Church Organ which covers much of the rear of the church and made by Johann Conrad Werle in 1767.
  • The Penitent Magdalene stained glass window from the late 19th century made by Gabriel and Louis Gesta di Tolosa.
  • Chapel of the Holy Family installed in 1854 which contains a small statue of Saint Raymond Nonnatus.
  • Chapel of the Annunciation containing an altarpiece by Ottavio Lioni (1586–1630) depicting the Annunciation.
  • Chapel of Saint Julian the Hospitaller which was renovated in 1706 and contains an altarpiece by Biagio Puccini (1675–1721) showing St. Julian curing a leper and welcoming an old pilgrim.


Church/ Chiesa di Sant'Eustachio
Via di Sant'Eustachio, 19
00186, Rome, Lazio, Italy


Metro: Colosseo (Blue line)


Peter Watts - 18 Jun, 2012 03:58
Thanks to you all for pointing out the error of this location and particularly to Prof. Robert Westin for providing the correction.
Robert Westin - 17 Jun, 2012 18:44
Robert Westin, Professor of History of Art

The church you identified as Santa Maria sopra Minerva is actually Sant'Eustachio.
Sant'Eustachio is two blocks away from the Minerva. It was founded in the 8th century, and was restored (including the addition of a new campanile). at the end of the 12th century. In the 17th and 18th centuries it was almost completely rebuilt. Today the church is mostly Roman Baroque style.
I have been in nearly every church in Rome and so it is relatively easy for me to identify them. I will be happy to help you with any IDs.

Peter Watts - 6 Dec, 2011 10:16
Hi Bill, there are so many churches in Rome that it is quite possible that I have got this one wrong. If anyone can identify it properly then I'd be happy to correct it.
William Powers - 5 Dec, 2011 13:47
Are you sure that you have not misidentified this church? This not the beautiful Dominican church I visited a few months ago--I went to Santa Maria sopra Minerva after 10:30 Mass at the Pantheon and this shot seems to me to be another (albeit strong in its own way) church entirely.

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