Chiesa di San Carlo ai Catinari (SS. Biagio e Carlo ai Catinari), Rome

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San Carlo ai Catinari, also called Santi Biagio e Carlo ai Catinari is an early-Baroque style church in Rome, Italy. It is located on Piazza Benedetto Cairoli, 117 just off the corner of Via Arenula and Via dei Falegnami, a few blocks south of the church of Sant'Andrea della Valle.The attribute ai Catinari refers to the presence, at the time of its construction, of many dishmaker shops in the same street as the church. The church was commissioned by the Order of the Barnabites and funded by the Milanese community in Rome to honour their fellow Milanese St. Charles Borromeo . It is one of at least three Roman churches dedicated to him, including San Carlo al Corso and San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane . The main design was by Rosato Rosati between 1612 and 1620. The travertine façade was designed by Giovanni Battista Soria and construction occurred in 1635-38.InteriorThe interior has yellow scagliola pilasters. The pendentives of the cupola are frescoed with the Cardinal Virtues (1627–30) by Domenichino who designed the stucco decoration in the dome and probably the other main vaults. In the choir is the fresco of S. Carlo Borromeo in Glory; executed in 1646-1647, this is the last painting by Giovanni Lanfranco. Directly behind the high altar is the oil painting of S. Carlo carrying the Holy Nail in Procession during the Plague by Pietro da Cortona. The high altar itself was designed by Martino Longhi the Younger. On the entrance wall are frescoes by Gregorio and Mattia Preti, showing episodes from the Life of Saint Charles (1642).
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  • The early- baroque church was completed in 1620, and in 1638 a travertine facade was added, as we see it today. It is located on Piazza Benedetto Cairoli, 117 just off the corner of Via Arenula and....  more »
  • Masses are held in a small adjacent chapel, but so far during my recent Rome experience - March through June 2018 - the main church has been closed with no explanation why and no evidence of...  more »
  • The church is apparently open: 7:30 to 12:00, 16:00 to 19:00 or when the evening Mass finishes. The times of Masses, according to the Diocese, are: Weekdays 8:00, 10:00, 18:00 (18:30 in July and August); Sundays 10:00, 12:00, 18:30. Because of the restricted floorspace of the church, visitors (even well-behaved ones) are not welcome in the church during Mass unless they attend it. Please plan your visit with the above times in mind.
  • This is such a gem! The Capella di Musicisti on the right, close to the altar is divine. This is one of those places you never hear about, but should never miss!

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