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The Church of Santa Maria del Popolo is a temple of the Augustinian order. The temple was erected on the site of an old chapel built by Pope Paschal II near a poplar, not far from the northern gates of Rome.
The current temple was built in 1472-1477, the interior was painted by Pinturicchio. During the reign of Alexander the Seventh, the interior was thoroughly renewed by Bernini.
Five chapels of the church are of the greatest artistic interest. These limits were built as family tombs for church dignitaries and Roman nobility. The Chigi Chapel, widely known for the film and book Angels and Demons, was designed by Raphael in honor of his patron Agostino Chigi.
The paintings in the altar are by Sebastiano del Piombo, the mosaic decoration of the chapel belongs to Raphael. Until the end of the 16th century, the temple kept portraits of the Madonna del Popolo and Julius II painted by Raphael.
Such early Baroque masters as Caravaggio and Annibale Carracci were involved in the painting of the Cherazi chapel.
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Topic: Church of Santa Maria del Popolo in Italy, Rome resort.