High Altar of Sant’Agnese in Agone on Piazza Navona in Rome, Italy

There is plenty to admire in Sant’Agnese in Agone. The Catholic church has four elaborate chapels and four side altars. Each is dedicated to a different saint. This is the main altar. The white marble relief sculpted by Domenico Guidi in 1688 portrays the Holy Family with the Saints Elizabeth, John and Zacharia. The gorgeous artwork is framed by green antico marble columns. Notice the angel sculptures in the broken pediment. In the middle is a dove symbolizing the martyrdom of the church’s namesake. Saint Agnes was beheaded at the age of 12 in 304 AD. The scene of her execution was a few steps away at the Stadium of Domitian. The former arena is now Piazza Navona. The virgin saint is entombed in a crypt within the church.


Piazza Navona, 00186 Roma RM, Italy


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