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The Ghost of Nero
The chapel was dedicated to Mary, and funded by the people of
Within the church are several other chapels, many funded by rich families. These include the Chigi Chapel with a series of mosaics in the dome depicting God creating 7 heavenly bodies known at this time, each of which was guided by an angel.
Politics and Intrigue
The church is also the burial site for Ascanio Sforaz who arranged the marriage of the illegitimate daughter of Pope Alexander VI (conceived before he became Pope) and subsequently accused of the murder of the same Pope’s son. Ascanio tried to obtain the papacy 3 times during his lifetime but failed. He died age 50 and the tomb here was commissioned by Pope Julius II, the Warrior Pope who founded the Swiss Guards.
In recent times the church has been popularized as a setting for part of the Dan Brown novel Angels and Demons.
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