San Pietro in Montorio was built on what was once believed to be the site of St Peter's crucifixion. First mentioned in the early 9th century, the church was rebuilt during the reign of Pope Sixtus IV (r. 1471-84) with funds provided by the Spanish monarchs, King Ferdinand II of Aragon and his wife Isabella I, Queen of Castile.
The church's most famous work of art is Sebastiano del Piombo’s painting of the Flagellation of Christ (1518), which can be found in the first chapel on the right.
For almost 300 years, the church was also home to Raphael’s magnificent painting of the Transfiguration (now in the Vatican Museums).
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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