Sant’Ignazio Church

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.

Sant'Ignazio Church, Rome



Piazza Sant’Ignazio (Via del Corso / Piazza di Pietra)

Opening Time

Daily 7.30am-12.30pm; 3pm-7.15pm

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