Abbazia di San Bernardo Alle Terme di Diocleziano, Rome

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San Bernardo alle Terme is an abbatial church in Rome, Italy.The church was built in 1598 and was initially given to a French Cistercian group, the Feuillants, through the intercession of Caterina Sforza di Santafiora. Later, after the dissolution of the Feuillants during the French Revolution, the edifice and the annexed monastery were ceded to the Congregation of St. Bernard of Clairvaux, after whom the church is named.The German painter Johann Friedrich Overbeck, founder of the Nazarene art movement, is buried here. The current Cardinal Priest of the Titulus S. Bernardi ad Thermas is George Mar Alencherry.
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  • While wondering around Rome, I came across San Bernardo alle Terme (St. Bernard at the Baths), a Baroque Catholic church built in the late 1500s on the remains of a circular tower. Finding this beauti...  more »
  • Among so many beautiful things in Rome, this church, went out to the standard, it probably wasn't meant to be a church is quite different, which gives it an incredible charm. It's small, but full of details, it's close to the Republic square, let's say there's a lot of lost pearls around. If your time in Rome is short, don't look. But if you're enjoying the city, which is worth it and is on the sides of the square, go looking you'll like.
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  • A nondescript-looking building that is completely lost against the background of other buildings, but inside the basilica is covered with a caisson dome, as in the Pantheon.
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  • The church was built on the remains of a circular tower of the Baths of Diocletian. The structure of San Bernardo alle Terme is similar to the Pantheon, because it is cylindrical, with a dome and an oculus. The church has a diameter of 22 meters. You get a feeling for the gigantic Baths of Diocletian if you look at Santa Maria degli Angeli.
  • It is a 400 years old church. You will love it if you understood those sculptures and talk to the monk. He is a korean who stays in Italy. This place is actually a Basilica.
  • Like it tired travelling will rested and cooled feel interior has good work better for praying atmosphere all most done
  • A surprising find near it's much more famous cousin across the Piazza (Santa Maria Della Vittoria). The main dome, definitely reminiscent of the Pantheon, is very dramatic. The main part of the church is likewise built in a circle and has large scale sculptures along the walls. The decorations are pretty but the room suffers from a lack of color. White is dominant everywhere. Don't miss the smaller alter off the hallway in the back on your right. It is much older than the main part of the church and is warmly decorated with a wooden ceiling containing frescos. It's not one of the more famous churches but you'll be sorry if you miss it.
  • The church is open from 6:30 to 12:00 and 16:00 to 19:00. The Sunday Masses are at 18:00 on Saturday (anticipated), and at 11:00 on Sunday. Mass on weekdays is at 7:30. Actually an ancient structure, this is a corner turret of the Baths of Diocletian converted into a Cistercian abbey church. There are still Cistercian monks in charge. Those interested in the architecture might note that the plan is not circular, but egg-shaped -the dome construction allows for this very cleverly, and it's hard to spot.
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