Basilica di Sant'Agostino in Campo Marzio, Rome

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Sant'Agostino is a Roman Catholic church in the piazza of the same name near Piazza Navona, in the rione Sant'Eustachio, of Rome, Italy. It is one of the first Roman churches built during the Renaissance.HistoryThe construction the church was funded by Guillaume d'Estouteville, Archbishop of Rouen and Cardinal Camerlengo (1477-1483). The façade was built in 1483 by Giacomo di Pietrasanta, using travertine taken from the Colosseum. The design of the church is attributed to the late 15th century architect Baccio Pintelli, with later 18th century restorations of the interior by Luigi Vanvitelli. It is a plain work of the early Renaissance style.The Titulus S. Augustini has been held by Cardinal Jean-Pierre Ricard since 2006. Furthermore, it is the station church of the first Saturday in Lent.
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  • In Rome, exploring the area around Pza. Navona. Just steps away, walked into this church and the first thing I saw was the bare feet of the pilgrims in Madonna di Loreto by Caravaggio! If you are...  more »
  • Like many others we've passed by this very plain exterior on many visits, just paying enough attention to register that the church was always closed. However, this time we noticed that the doors were....  more »
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  • Superb church in an urban context that is unfortunately a bit run down. The highlights are surely the Caravaggio painting in the first chapel on the left, called Pilgrims’ Madonna or Madonna of Loreto, which scandalized Caravaggio’s contemporaries because of the crude realism of the pilgrims’ dirty feet. And the fresco of the prophet Isaiah by Raffaello on one of the pillars.
  • This church was built during the Renaissance and dedicated to St. Augustine. Don't be deceived by the unflattering and rather plain exterior of this church. In fact, it houses several priceless artworks. You can find the Madonna di Loreto painting by Caravaggio, the Madonna del Parto sculpture (reputed to work miracles in childbirth) by Jacopo Sansovino. Most importantly, the tomb of St. Augustine's mother, St. Monica, can also be found here. There are several petition slips for people to offer their intentions (most often by mothers praying for their children as St. Monica is the patron saint of mothers).

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