The 17th century church of Sant' Ignazio is dedicated to St Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Order of Jesus, better known as the Jesuits. Sant' Ignazio, which was funded by Cardinal Ludovico Ludovisi (1595-1632), was begun in 1626 to celebrate the canonisation (March 12th, 1622) of St Ignatius by the cardinal's uncle, Pope Gregory XV (r. 1621-23).
Sant' Ignazio was designed by Orazio Grassi (1583-1654), a Jesuit priest who was also an astronomer and mathematician. The church, Grassi's only architectural work, wasn't completed until the end of the century.
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