San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane

Attractions, Religious buildings and sites
San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane
Francisco Aragão

Carlo Borromini’s first solo composition, and the one of which he was most proud, San Carlo is one of the star pieces of the Roman Baroque.

Carlo Borromini’s first solo composition (1631-41), and the one of which he was most proud, San Carlo (often called Carlino, due to its diminutive scale) is one of the star pieces of the Roman Baroque. The most remarkable feature is the dizzying oval dome: its geometrical coffers decrease in size towards the lantern to give the illusion of additional height – Borromini is all about illusion – and the subtle illumination, through hidden windows, makes the dome appear to float in mid-air. There is also an austere adjoining courtyard and a sobering crypt.

By: Time Out editors

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Venue name: San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane
Contact:
Address: Via del Quirinale, 23
Rome
00187 Roma RM
Opening hours: 10am-1pm Mon-Sat; 11am-1pm Sun.
Transport: Metro Repubblica
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