Wednesday, April 5, 2017



1659 Giovanni Antonio De Rossi (1616/95) for the Confraternity of S. Giacomo agli Spagnoli, today church of Nostra Signora del Sacro Cuore in Piazza Navona
De Rossi followed the directions of Pietro Berrettini aka Pietro da Cortona (1597/1669) who was renovating the nearby S. Maria della Pace and rearranging the open space in front of it
It passed in the eighteenth century to the Gambirasi family that had the roof terrace built
It became later property of the Institute of S. Maria dell'Anima who still owns it and largely rents it out
The architect Francesco Azzurri (1831/1901) lived and died here. He designed the Palace of the Republic of San Marino, the restoration of the Milvian Bridge and many other buildings in Rome
The 1961 movie Fantasmi a Roma (Ghosts in Rome) was shot here, directed by Antonio Pietrangeli with Vittorio Gassman, Marcello Mastroianni and Eduardo De Filippo. The definitely spooky building adapted well to a story that had ghosts as chief characters

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