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|ceiling atop the organ|
Also buried here are popes, one of them is Leo X, whose tomb is behind the main altar, under which is the burial place of St. Catharine of Siena.
Not to be missed is the Carafa chapel which contains Filippino Lippi's fresco of the Assumption. I looked at this for a long time, contributing several Euros to keep the chapel lighted up, the only way one can see this magnificent fresco in its entirety.
The lower portion of the fresco shows Pope Paul IV being presented to the Virgin Mary by the great theologian St. Thomas Aquinas. Ironic I think since this Pope, a religious zealot is credited with setting up the Roman inquisition, creating the Roman jewish ghetto and instituting the index of Forbidden Books.
|the ceiling of Carafa chapel|
On the side of the chapel is another fresco by Lippi of St. Thomas Aquinas, entitled Glory of St. Thomas.
In the chapel of the Annunciation, there is also a fresco depicting the Virgin Mary handing white purses to three girls, a depiction of the Dominican's (the order of preachers that run this church) charity work at the time, of providing dowries for impoverished young women.
In another side chapel one finds a very lovely Madonna and Child painting by Benozzo Gozzoli, an Italian renaissance painter.
And still another chapel, The Chapel of the Rosary:
Just before I left the altar area, I took this picture of the right aisle leading to the doors of the church.