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. See Basilica di Santa Prassede and all Rome has to offer by arranging your trip with our Rome tour itinerary maker site .
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  • August 16, 2017
    Worth a trip on its own, it's a mandatory stop if you are visiting SM Maggiore as it's just across and down a short alley. The mosaics are wonderful and very accessible. And literally no crowds which ...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    Several have commented that it is a church that becomes hidden and indeed so: in fact, the main entrance is always closed and have to enter through a side door. Apart from the mosaics of the triumphal arch that take the presbytery, where you can see two small balconies that few warn and that were used to exhibit relics, and column which is said was that of the flagellation, should admire the imposing columns of red porphyry that surround the altar, and the steps of porphyry which give access to the presbytery : few know that both impressed Napoleon, who sought to bring them to France, to place them in the throne room, to access it. At the foot of the central nave, a circle of porphyry covers access to the well where Santa Praxedes and Santa Pudenciana, whose small church not far away, hiding the bodies of Christian martyrs, who recover from the place of martyrdom.
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  • August 13, 2017
    The Santa Prassede has the rank of Cardinals. The plan of the Basilica, takes as its model the plant of the original Saint Peter's Basilica with a nave and two aisles divided by columns, a transept and an apse, outside a doorway with stairs and a porch. Very nice "altarpiece of the assumption" of 1880 by Francesco Gai, and the body of Filippo Tronci of 1884
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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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