The 17th century church of San Carlo ai Catinari was commissioned by the Order of the Barnabites and partly financed by Rome's Milanese community in honour of their compatriot, San Carlo Borromeo (1538-84), who was canonised on November Ist, 1610.
San Carlo ai Catinari was built by Rosato Rosati between 1612 and 1620. The façade was designed by Giovanni Battista Soria and completed in 1635. It is emblazoned with an inscription to Cardinal Giambattista Leni, who privately funded the building of much of the church.
The church, one of three in Rome to be dedicated to San Carlo Borromeo, is known as San Carlo ai Catinari on account of the presence in the surrounding area of the many makers of wooden basins (catini).
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