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Jan Blažej Santini Aichel
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Name Jan Blažej Santini Aichel
Nationality Czech
Birth date February 3, 1677(1677-02-03)
Birth place Prague
Date of death December 7, 1723 (aged 46)
Place of death Prague
Practice Giovanni Battista Santini
Buildings Pilgrimage Church of Saint John of Nepomuk

Jan Blažej Santini Aichel (February 3, 1677 – December 7, 1723) was a Czech architect of Italian descent, whose major works represent a curious amalgam of the Gothic and Baroque styles.

Santini was born in Prague to a family of stonemasons. His gradfather Antonin Aichel moved from Italy to Prague in the 30th of the 17th century. Borromini's influence is apparent in his predilection for star-shaped forms and complex symbolism. Many of his buildings are airy and elegant, yet he was considered a maverick genius by his contemporaries and exerted little influence on subsequent generations of Bohemian architects.

The asteroid 37699 Santini-Aichl is named in his honour.


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