Symmetry in Rome. Piazza del Popolo.

Wonderful symmetrical balance in the Baroque manner can be seen in the Piazza del Popolo in Rome.  

Le chiese gemelle (the twin churches) of Santa Maria dei Miracoli (1681) and Santa Maria in Montesanto (1679), begun by Carlo Rainaldi and completed by Bernini and Carlo Fontana, define the junctions of the three roads, with Via del Corso running through the centre of the trident.

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12 thoughts on “Symmetry in Rome. Piazza del Popolo.”

    1. Yes, there are many asymmetrical features which add to the fascination of something that initially appears to be symmetrical but isn’t. Gemelli but not identical gemelli. When I first saw these two churches, I felt like they were spaceships landing in a neoclassical piazza.


  1. This is beautiful! We’re going to Italy this summer and this made me even more excited. I don’t know why I’ve never seen a pictures of these buildings before. Makes me realize how many surprises and sights we’re going to see. 🙂


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