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Santa Maria in Trastevere, Rome

Santa Maria in Trastevere - Rome, Italy
Santa Maria in Trastevere
Via della Paglia 14, Rome, Italy 00153Map
Neighborhood: Trastevere - Testaccio - Aventino - Gianicolo
Overview

Santa Maria in Trastevere is the first Roman church to be consecrated to the Madonna. Its foundations were laid in approximately AD 400, when Christianity was only just beginning to take root in Europe. The present edifice is dated 1300 and contains beautiful mosaics by Pietro Cavallini, especially those dedicated to the life of the Virgin Mary. There is a magnificent life-size icon, La Madonna della Clemenza, from as early as the 7th Century. The nave is formed from granite columns taken from ancient Roman edifices. The 12th-century mosaics of the fa├žade, depicting the Madonna and child and ten women holding lamps, are not to be missed. The portico was renovated in the 18th Century by Carlo Fontana and the balustrade is decorated with statues of Popes, baroque additions which do not detract from the church's original medieval aspect.

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Santa Maria in Trastevere General Information
  • Type: Attractions & Landmarks, Religious
  • Nearest Train: Trastevere/Mastai
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