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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  • Church who remains the martyrs, dedicated to Santa Prassade and occupies an ancient site from the Roman persecutions of the Christians; Santa Prassade is also burried in this basilica; the Bysantine m...  more »
  • Inside the basilica, the chapel of St. Zeno is considered the most important monument of 9th century Byzantine art in Rome and you could spend hours admiring the mosaics that decorate it. An essential stop, Santa Prassede also has much more to show to those who visit it. Don't miss the presbytery, the crypt and the sacrisity that houses a painting by Giulio Romano. Visit that I recommend to match the nearby Santa Maria Maggiore.
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  • The other reviews say it all, a jewel of church tucked away down a side street with some astonishing mosaics. Like many small Roman churches not much to look at from the outside but enter in and 'wow'...  more »
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  • For mosaic lovers this is the church to go. The mosaic in the apse is remarkable and the one chapel is even better.
  • The Church is full of art but is in a bad state of preservation. Still worth visiting especially to see the mosaic above and behind the main altar. Pictures of this mosaic are very easy to encounter online and on books as it is a very good example of early Christian art. You could also visit the sarcofagi with the remains of many Christian martyrs, which can be accessed from a staircase below and in front of the main altar.
  • This is a beautiful basilica that is quite obscure. You can consider coming here before/after visiting the Basilica of St. Mary Major. The interior will wow you with the Byzantine-style mosaics and frescoes. A major highlight is an alleged segment of the pillar which Jesus was flogged. This can be found to the right of the basilica. The basilica also houses the relics of St. Praxedes and St. Prudentiana, sisters, who were martyred for their faith in the second century. They were supposedly the first converts of St. Peter according to Tradition.
  • Beautiful place, worth a visit. Came here several times during my trip in Rome.
  • One of the most beautiful basilicas in Rome A truly hidden gem often looked over by modt Rome visitors, even it being only a few steps away from the Santa Maria Maggiore basilica
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