About the ChurchOne of the Baroque masterpieces is the Church of Santa Maria delle Pace ("The Virgin Mary of Peace"). This church is one of the most important churches in Rome. It also demonstrates the Baroque architecture of that time.
The Church of Santa Maria delle Pace is located near Piazza Navona, in the Ponte district ("the bridge district"), which is a popular quarter of the city. Though built in the 15th century, it has undergone several improvements over the years, and that is what you see today.
The façade was designed by Pietro da Cortona, the artist and architect who was one of the prominent figures of the Italian baroque period. The most famous wing of the church is the interior courtyard designed by Donato Bramante. Occasional exhibitions are held in the yard.
There are several works of art from the 15th and 17th centuries in the church. Among them are the works of the artist da Cortona and another famous artist, Raphael.
There is also a souvenir shop, a bookstore and a bistro, and there are concerts and exhibitions to be enjoyed.