Santa Caterina da Siena

Santa Caterina da Siena, Rome

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dapper777
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It is worth a visit, it has a great vibe.
Oct 2020 • Friends
We have been waiting so long to visit this church, we always found it closed.
We finally managed and walked in on a Sunday morning.
It was built in 1526 on a design by Baldassarre Peruzzi. It was then demolished in 1766 and rebuilt by Paolo Posi. His tomb is in the church.
The façade, which recalls Borrominian forms, is marked by columns and has two orders with a triangular tympanum crowning it.
On the sides of the central window of the second order, there are two tondi depicting Senius and Ascanius with the she-wolf that suckled them. They were the sons of Remus who fled from Romulus in Rome and founded the city of Siena.
The horses on which they fled were black and white, hence the city's shield which is called Balzana.
The interior, which houses paintings by 18th century artists, has a single nave with two chapels on each side, dedicated to the saints of the city of Siena and a barrel-vaulted ceiling decorated with stucco.
The two fresco panels depict "Angels in Heaven" and are by Ermenegildo Costantini.
In the conch of the apse Lorenzo Pecheux painted the fresco "Return of Gregory XI from Avignon" in France (1773), for which St. Catherine tirelessly campaigned and worked so hard.
On the main altar, the altarpiece "The mystical Marriage of St. Catherine" (1768) is by Gaetano Lapis.
It is the national church of the people from the city of Siena, in Tuscany, living in Rome.
It is very beautiful and unusual: when you enter, the nave is festively decorated on both sides with the splendid flags of the districts of Siena, as we see them during the historic event famous all over the world as the 'Il Palio di Siena ", a horse race that is held twice each year, on 2 July and 16 August. Ten horses and riders, bareback and dressed in the appropriate colours, represent ten of the seventeen contrade, or city wards.
It is open on Sunday mornings for mass at 10:30.
It is worth a visit if you are close to the magnificent Via Giulia.
Written 23 November 2020
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