This little church is hard to find but well worth the extra effort although it is often closed when you get there. Borromini's masterpiece. It is located only a block from Piazza Navona, but not usually visible from the street, as one must enter the courtyard of an old palazzo to reach the church. Sant'Ivo is a small church the dome of which is shaped like the Star of David, but with every other point rounded. The steeple seen from the outside looks like it has a staircase wrapped around it that ascends to heaven. As the church was commissioned by the Barberini family that produced a number of popes and whose family symbol was the bee, some say the steeple resembles the stinger of the insect.
Corso del Rinascimento, 40, 00186 Roma, Italy
Sant'Ivo della Sapienza and Nearby Attractions on Map
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