The church of San Girolamo dei Croati (St Jerome of the Croats) was built during the reign of Pope Sixtus V (r. 1585-90). The beautiful stone facade, the work of Martino Longhi the Elder (1534-91), is crowned with the pope's coat of arms.
The facade also sports a dedicatory inscription to Sixtus V and numerous images of the pope's armorial bearings (lion, pears, eight-pointed star & trimontium).
The church does not have a dome only a trompe-l'oeil fresco (1590) of one, the work of Giovanni Guerra (1544-1618).
My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private walking tours of Rome.
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