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Church
Location type: Church
Location address: Italia, Roma, Roma
Number of texts: 4
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Santa Maria del Popolo contains the Chigi Chapel where you can find Bernini’‘s Habbakuk (a prophet) and the Angel that took him by the hair and transported him to Babylon to succour Daniel, who is represented in the corresponding niche on the opposite wall. You also find Agostino Chigi’‘s pyramidal wall tomb.

The Chigi chapel was designed by Raphael for his friend and patron Sienese banker Agostino Chigi, then completed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini more than a century after Raphael’‘s death in 1520. Raphael gave the chapel a centralized octagonal plan representing the Creation of the World surrounded by the sun and the seven classical planets, each moved by an angel.

Part of Dan Brown’‘s book Angels and Demons takes place in the Chigi Chapel, where the sculpture of Habakkuk and the Angel is one of the four “markers” leading to an ancient lair in the Castel Sant’‘Angelo.

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The Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo is an Augustinian church in Rome, Italy. It stands on the north side of Piazza del Popolo, one of the most famous squares in the city. The church is hemmed in between Porta del Popolo (the ancient Porta Flaminia) and the Pincio hill. Porta Flaminia was one of the gates in the Aurelian Wall as well as the starting point of Via Flaminia, the most important route from the north. The church contains works by several famous artists for example Raphael, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Caravaggio, Alessandro Algardi, Pinturicchio, Andrea Bregno, Guillaume de Marcillat and Donato Bramante.

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Santa Maria del Popolo contains the Chigi Chapel where you can find Bernini’‘s Habbakuk (a prophet) and the Angel that took him by the hair and transported him to Babylon to succour Daniel, who is represented in the corresponding niche on the opposite wall. You also find Agostino Chigi’‘s pyramidal wall tomb.

The Chigi chapel was designed by Raphael for his friend and patron Sienese banker Agostino Chigi, then completed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini more than a century after Raphael’‘s death in 1520. Raphael gave the chapel a centralized octagonal plan representing the Creation of the World surrounded by the sun and the seven classical planets, each moved by an angel.

Part of Dan Brown’‘s book Angels and Demons takes place in the Chigi Chapel, where the sculpture of Habakkuk and the Angel is one of the four “markers” leading to an ancient lair in the Castel Sant’‘Angelo.

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In 1934, M.C.Escher created a woodcut of Santa Maria del Popolo.

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