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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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  • This is a great little church in Rome very near Santa Maria Maggiore. We took a taxi to Santa Maria Maggiore then stopped here on our way to visiting Saint Peter in Chains then walked on to the Colles...  more »
  • If you are visiting Santa Maria Maggiore take a few more minutes to go down the street opposite and turn right after just 100m to find this little church. It still has the feeling of a church after so...  more »
  • Another true gem! A true pleasure for lovers of religious art: the most wonderful, old mosaics! When you're at it, try to find the church named after Prassedes sister Pudenzia (at least the tradition ...  more »
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  • Beautiful old church with very meaningful pieces of art. Mosaics are gorgeous. Especially loved the pillar where Christ was flogged.
  • Absolutely beautiful! It was kind of dark, but it very very pretty and great to pray in.
  • This is truly a hidden gem in Rome. It isn't as popular as other places but offers one of the best design and sculptures we've seen around Rome. Do add this to your to-see list when sightseeing Rome, totally worth.
  • Cool to visit, esp. to see the pillar of the flagellation of Christ.
  • Big disappointment. If you put in a euro for the lights to shine, nothing happens. Then if you try to encourage the machine by tapping on it, an angry man appears saying that sunlight is good enough. Mosaics are not bad but the whole atmosphere is. If you want to see really good mosaics, go to the Santa Maria in Trastevere. Or just go to Ravenna.