An opulent optical illusion
From the outside of this church, not too many tourists would guess exactly why droves of people flock to witness its beauty. If you judge a book by its cover, the church indeed seems like your run-of-the-mill Baroque church in Rome. A dime a dozen. However, once you step inside, you’ll understand why it’s misjudged. No, your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you. Glance up above and you’ll see what appears to be a dome. Now try stepping outside again and you’ll realise there’s no cupola there. In fact, when the church was originally built, there were plans to initially build a dome. But those plans fell through and so, one of the Jesuit brothers of the church, Andrea Pozzo, painted an extraordinary replica of a dome instead. The church, built in 1626, was dedicated to Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuit Order.
Piazza Sant’Ignazio (Via del Corso / Piazza di Pietra)
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