Rome – The Church of Saint Ignatius of Loyola

You can visit Rome many times and still never see everything you may want to see. It is a city packed with more history than you can think of and architecture from all through the ages.

Of course I knows of the Colosseum and Trevi Fountain etc..  I was excited to see deeper into Rome and places I had never heard of too. A tip I shall never forget was The Church of Saint Ignatius of Loyola.

Seemingly hidden away, not too far Eastwards from the Pantheon this fantastic building has a front that tempts many a visitor inside.

front facade The Church of Saint Ignatius of Loyola

The Church of Saint Ignatius of Loyola (Sant’Ignazio Church) is a Jesuit Church that was built in the 1700s with a rich and fascinating history.

I sat on the steps leading up the entrance and just looked up in awe at the architecture. Architect – Orazio Grassi

looking up at The Church of Saint Ignatius of Loyola

However, even all that cannot prepare you for the immense sights inside and the painting work throughout from way on high on the ceiling to below. 

3D Dome Illusion

Andrea Pozzo of the Jesuit order painted the roof aspects in particular with a trompe l’oeil or optical illusion.

The great dome (or so you think) that you see above you is actually a flat painting with 3D effect. If you are inside the building and you look at it from almost all angles, it really does look like it is a dome.

the dome painting from below

Every inch of this building inside has such fine beauty and detail. You walk around and around to take closer looks at everything.

detailed wall painting

However then you turn round and see the rest of the place in so many different angles that mesmerised is not a strong enough word to describe the feeling I had.

painted walls of Saint Ignatius of Loyola
inside view of The Church of Saint Ignatius of Loyola

To the left and to the right of the main area there are side chapels that seem to transform you to a whole new great church of their own accord.

religious statue

A top tip is to not just stay in the centre of the building which is where many stop, stay and stare. Wander behind all the pillars and you will find many many treasures for the eyes.

another dome with art
art statues in the church
A Perfect Day in Rome - The Church of Saint Ignatius of Loyola

Alas it was time to see where the Twitter followers had chosen to send me next.

This church visit was a great tip thank you! Yes it was going to be a Perfect Day indeed. With many more tips like this in a wonderful city as Rome. Wonderful people to meet, tip top food to eat.

A Perfect Day in Rome - The Church of Saint Ignatius of Loyola

During this trip to Rome I have visited history and the tops of famous buildings. Every visit brings new sights to see here.


  1. Deb Adadjo says:

    Breath taking photos! I want to go just so I can see it myself!

  2. Great city and great pictures-:)

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