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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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  • Coming out of the Papal Basilica of Saint Mary major, on the right, cross the road and you reach the santa Prassede. Side entrance and admission is free. Above the main altar there is a series of wonderful Byzantine mosaics dating from the ninth century. The Interior is a bit dark, but if you're lucky, on a beautiful sunny day you can admire it in all its splendour.
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  • About 100 meters from Santa María Mayor - first Christian basilica erected in honor of Mary-, rises Santa Praxedes. It is another basilica, this Romanesque, built in century VIII, to contain the relics of two sisters, Praxede and Prudenciana martyrs. About 200 meters. is the basilica of Santa Prudenciana; but it is the most beautiful of Praxedes. It has a crypt which can not always be lowered; and a small side chapel, entirely covered with truly beautiful Byzantine mosaics. There is venerated the remains of a column to a pious tradition, said to have been one in which Christ was tied when he received the lashes. You should go between 8 and 12 o'clock or between 16 and 18, because these smaller churches usually close to NAP.
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  • Santa Prassede is one of the most beautiful churches in Rome which one can visit without being surrounded by hordes of tourists clicking cameras for selfies. It is so peaceful and one can actually pra...  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.