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Location address: Italia, Roma, Roma
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This church is dedicated to St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the order, and is characteristic of the Counter-Reformation Jesuit style. In fact, it was a Jesuit, Orazio Grassi, who designed it. Its high, strict and solemn-looking facade overlooks the charming Piazza S. Ignazio.
The main vault is adorned with a fresco by Andrea Pozzo. This Jesuit theorist of three-dimensional perspective and a trompe-l’oeil virtuoso, painted over imaginary architecture. Here, a multitude of figures move around St. Ignatius, who is illuminated by divine light, which is reflected on the allegorical portrayal of the four parts of the world. A circle marked at the centre of the nave shows where to stand in order to get the best view of this fresco.
The tireless Andrea Pozzo also painted the apse fresco, as well as the trompe-l’oeil “dome” decorating the transept crossing.
The Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola at Campus Martius (Italian: Chiesa di Sant’Ignazio di Loyola in Campo Marzio, Latin: Ecclesia Santi Ignatii a Loyola in Campo Martio) is a Roman Catholic titular church dedicated to Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus, located in Rome, Italy. Built in Baroque style between 1626 and 1650, the church functioned originally as the chapel of the adjacent Roman College, that moved in 1584 to a new larger building and was renamed the Pontifical Gregorian University. The Cardinal Priest of the Titulus S. Ignatii de Loyola in Campo Martio is Cardinal Roberto Tucci, S.J.