May 2019 - Rome Italy
Santi Vincenzo e Anastasio a Trevi ("Saints Vincent and Anastasius at Trevi" is a Baroque church. Built from 1646 to 1650 to the design of architect Martino Longhi the Younger and located in close proximity to the Trevi Fountain and the Quirinal Palace, for which it served as parish church, it is notable as the place where the precordia embalmed hearts of 22 popes from Sixtus V to Leo XIII are preserved.
There was so much restoration underway that it was impossible to see its highlights.
The church was reconstructed on the order of Cardinal Mazarin, whose triumphantly presented coat of arms and cardinal's hat, supported by angels, is the focus of the façade composition. It is rumored that Mazarin's niece, Marie Mancini, a mistress of Louis XIV of France, is also portrayed on the facade, in the central female mascaron. The sculptural portrayal of a laywoman and the support of the cardinal's ecclesiastical coat of arms by the sculptures of two barechested women make the church unique among churches in Rome.