Chiesa di Sant'Anna dei Palafrenieri, Vatican City

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  • Most people walk right by; take a moment to step inside. From the outside, it's just"another building" you pass walking in Vatican City. Once inside, however, you are struck by the elegance this beaut...  more »
  • This church was built around 1560 on the design of the architect Jacopo Barozzi, better known by the pseudonym Vignola (from the Emilian town where he was born). The Archconfraternity of the Palafrenieri, the ancient papal stables devoted to St. Anne, the mother of the Virgin, was the commissioning of it. The tasks of the organization, composed exclusively of seculars, founded in the 14th century and still active, have changed considerably over time: however, even today the brethren assist the pope during public and private ceremonies, taking care of the rituals under the supervision of their leader, the "Dean of Hall." Just a few of them, the chairmen, raised and transported the pontiff in the gestational chair among the crowd of the faithful (a custom abolished by Paul VI in 1968, along with a series of other ceremonial complexes deemed anachronistic). The Church remained the property of the Archconfraternity until the end of the 1920s, when Pius XI ordered its transfer to another location. On this occasion it was entrusted to the Augustinian friars, assuming the title of Parish of the Vatican State, which it still maintains today. The Church of St. Anne of the Palafrenieri is in the late Renaissance style, sometimes referred to as "mannerist" (for the repetition of well-established architectural solutions, to which each artist tried to accompany some novelties). The solemn facade is marked by non-bearing pillars and columns, having only aesthetic function (the so-called "paraste") among which niches and tiles open. The front door is overlaid with a medallion with the effigy of the Virgin and the holy eponymous. Particularly processed the eardrum with broken lines. Further up is an elegant balustrade adorned with statues, on which stand two symmetrical bell towers with a square section, open on each side. The dome, rather low but very wide, encloses almost the entire church. The interior is elliptical-octagonal, marked at the top by eight mighty columns with Corinthian capitals. The rich furniture is composed of paintings (beautiful the "Stories of the Virgin" that follow each other at half height along the perimeter of the building) bas-reliefs, stucco and other decorations. Interesting the apse and the main altar to polychrome marbles. According to an ancient tradition in this church, every 26 July (St. Anne's Day) ended the "Procession of the Panzes", as popularly it was defined the procession of the birthers that took the steps of the Church of St. Mary in Campitelli (near the Portico 180) through much of ancient Rome. The event was attended by members of the Archconfraternity of the Palafrenieri on their horses. The procession was concluded by a large statue of St. Anne, patron saint of pregnant women, and daughter. The ceremony was very crowded and it is not surprising, given the high neonatal mortality that was recorded in the past centuries. The Church of St. Anne is adjacent to the door of the same name on the Vatican Walls (in Via di Porta Angelica) from which the papal territory is accessed. Despite being formally within a foreign state, the church can be visited by anyone without any formality. While you're at it, you can take a good picture of the Swiss guards guarding the entrance, without getting too close, but...
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  • Very beautiful. Just bring a handheld fan. It got a bit hot in there.
  • Yummy. Staffs r amazingly kinded. Crispy pizza. Recommended.
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