Sant'Ignazio

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The fake "dome" of Sant'Ignazio

The fake "dome" of Sant'Ignazio

Don Edgar

The residents of the neighbourhood where Sant'Ignazio was built didn't want a rather large dome blocking their sun, so Andrea Pozzo painted a fake dome on the ceiling using trompe l'oeil techniques. When standing on a golden disc in the floor of the main nave, the ceiling looks quite natural. From anywhere else in the church the "dome" looks quite distorted. From the alter it looks so out of proportion you wonder how you could ever have thought it was real from the entrance.

Bus to Largo Argentina or Via del Corso.

type:Churches
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address:Piazza di Sant'Ignazio (near Pantheon)

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