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Basilica di Santa Prassede, Rome

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Commissioned by Pope Hadrian in the eighth century, Basilica di Santa Prassede in the heart of Rome is a detailed example of early Christian religious architecture. Admire the basilica's Carolingian-era frescoes and carvings, representative of the ongoing artistic renaissance during its construction. Marvel at the large, marble columns lining the apse as you examine religious artifacts from centuries past, including the tombs of several important figures. Note the detail put into the church's massive, intricate mosaic in the main room. You'll see depictions of biblical events and the life of its namesake, St. Praxedes. For a small fee, you can try out the chapel's decorative lighting system. Take a look at our Rome travel itinerary maker to schedule your visit to Basilica di Santa Prassede and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Built around the IXth century it still looks magnificent. The beautiful fresco's and mosaics are a think to stop and admire the beauty. Indeed worth visiting  more »
  • A hidden gem, just steps from Santa Maria Maggiore. The Basilica was completed in 9th century; affect the colors still alive of the mosaics and frescoes. To see the presbytery with apse, a crypt (almost always closed) where once there was the tomb of Santa Prassede and today has four sarcophagi, a funerary monument built by Bernini and the chapel of San Zenone with Byzantine mosaics. Yet another artistic gem romana, far from the traditional tourist routes.
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  • Founded in the ninth century, has undergone several restorations, however still retains the medieval structure. Housing a fragment of the column to which Jesus was bound to be scourged in a reliquary of gilded and the urn containing the bones of Saint Valentine, patron saint of lovers.
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  • We observed a mass there on May 14 and, although we are not Catholics, were impressed by the devotion and friendly nature of the people who smiled and shook our hands. The mosaics are a "must see" if you're interested in medieval art. Very few tourists, relatively speaking, visit this church, as they prefer the grandeur of Saint Mary Major, just five minutes away.
  • Beautiful! Bring some change to turn on the lights while you're there.
  • Definitely worth seeing because of the contrast which is created by the privation of this basilica.
  • Extraordinary mosaics and wonderful frescoes throughout this church.
  • Beautiful old church with very meaningful pieces of art. Mosaics are gorgeous. Especially loved the pillar where Christ was flogged.

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For easy foot access to most of the city's main historical sites, consider staying in Rome's old town center. The area is conveniently placed for public transport, only a walk away from the city's main railway station. Accommodations here span all hotels sectors, from cheap hostels to luxury brand names. To avoid the steep prices and overcrowding of the town center, explore the hotels in the inner suburbs of Rome. They offer comfortable rooms and excellent food at a fraction of the price charged by the centrally located hotel chains. Another affordable option is the area around Vatican, which boasts a good selection of family-owned B&Bs.
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