Rome, Italy

Santissimo Nome di Maria and Santa Maria di Loreto, Rome, Italy

These two churches, often called the "Twin Churches" stand overlooking Trajan's Markets across the road from Il Vittoriano in the very heart of Rome. In fact they are not twins at all, Santa Maria di Loreto dating to 1501 whilst Santissimo Nome di Maria dates from 1736.

The elder church, Santa Maria di Loreto (the ochre coloured one at the left in this photo) has a square plan inside whilst Santissimo Nome di Maria (the white one in the centre of the photo) has an elliptical plan. In fact, the more you study the two, the more you see the only real similarity is that they both have domes!

Nevertheless, they are destined to spend their existence intertwined.

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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