The charming clock tower of the Oratorio dei Filippini (Oratory of San Filippo Neri) was designed by Francesco Borromini (1599-1667) and built between 1647 and 1649.
The hands of the clock incorporate a flaming heart, a star and two lilies, symbols of the Congregation of the Oratory, better known as the Oratorians, which St Philip Neri founded in 1575.
San Filippo Neri (1515-95) was canonised by Pope Gregory XV (r. 1621-23) on March 12th, 1622.
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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