Santa Chiara is a church in the rione Pigna, formerly the Campus Martius area of Rome dedicated to Saint Clare of Assisi. It is located at the corner of via Santa Chiara and via di Torre Argentina (where this street becomes via della Rotonda). It is about a block south of the Pantheon, at the piazza Santa Chiara.Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Rome using our trip planner.
It was founded by Saint Charles Borromeo, who built a Franciscan convent (now used by the Pontifical French Seminary) and the church within the ruins of the Baths of Agrippa in 1592. It was restored in 1627, but at some later point the roof collapsed and it was abandoned.
In 1883, the Congregation of the Holy Spirit acquired the property, and rebuilt the church, giving it a new facade designed by Luca Carimini in 1888. On the lower of the two levels, the main door is framed by two columns holding a semicircular tympanum with a decorated lunette. To the sides are niches with triangular tympanums, surmounted by circular windows. On the upper level there are seven windows surmounted by busts of saints. Below the windows is the Latin inscription: "DEO OPTIMO MAXIMO IMMACULATI CORDIS MARIAE IN HONOREM ET LIFE VIRGINIS". The triangular tympanum crowning the façade has a relief by Domenico Bartolini.
Inside the church there is a single aisle. There are frescos and paintings by the painter Virginio Monti (1852-1942), the official painter to the Roman Church appointed by Pope Leo XIII.
The church is still served by the Congregation of the Holy Spirit. The high altar has an altarpiece depicting the Holy Family, by Virginio Monti.
Chiesa di Santa Chiara Reviews
The church of Santa Chiara was built in the XVIth century, after the design of of Francesco Capriani from Volterra. The church, located on the square which takes its name from the church of... more »
We passed by this church on our way to the Pantheon and intended going back to have a better look. Unfortunately we lost our way on the way back and missed out! It looked quite lovely after a quick..... more »
Like it tired travelling will rested and cooled feel interior has good work better for praying atmosphere all most done
The weekday liturgical celebrations here are private. However, Vespers at 19:30 on Saturdays and Sundays are open to the public (presumably the language used is French). This is the 19th century church of the French seminary next door. The main entrance is hardly ever used -you could try asking to visit at the seminary entrance lodge. Apparently in recent years there has been a public opening from 16:00 to 18:00 on the first Thursday of the month.
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