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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  • Will I have my time, you the gratitude for life but I of Rome I fell slowly but forever. In front of these mosaics is easy to indulge in a contemplative and fascination remain timeless. And it's a delight that you draw on the face of each visitor. Total emotion and all-encompassing. A jewel in a casket to the Church. Visit it and be amazed.
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  • Located right next to the major Basilica Sainte Marie, this church is worth a visit. inside the two masterpieces of the early Middle Ages: the arc of triumph of the apse mosaics and the chapel of Saint-Zénon.
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  • This small and beautiful basilica is just across the piazza from the church of Santa Maria Maggiore. It’s gorgeous - frescos, wall paintings, Roman columns, small domes and mosaics. Firstly a group of...  more »
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  • It is from the first quarter of the 9th century. The layout is typical of basilicas of that time. It has a nave, side aisles, a transept and an external semi-circular apse. Off the side aisles on both sides are several external chapels of various shapes and sizes. The highlight are the mosaics. They are in the apse, they also cover the Chapel of St Zeno and are prominent in another chapel. They are considered one of the most important examples of the Roman school of Byzantine mosaics. To light the mosaics it is 1€ - very worthwhile. There are many wall frescoes from the late 16th century executed by Stefano Piero.
  • +JMJ...Had not ever heard of this Church until friends and I found it because of their search for Filipino food. The Roman Filipino community would prepare and serve their traditional eats after Holy Mass. That was way back in 1995 when I traveled with two ladies who are Filipino and were craving some of their own cuisine. Anyway, visiting the Church itself during my many pilgrimages to Rome was always awe-inspiring for many reasons: house of God that encourages and inspires prayer; home to a religious community that fosters communal prayer at least 7 times a day which sanctifies each day, is home to some incredibly beautiful and ancient mosaics and is home to a relic purported to be the post at which Jesus was tied to and scourged. Being an off-the-beaten-pilgrimage-path, this Church is a wonderful place just to sit and to be.
  • Excellent church where you can find early Christian mosaics, pillar which Jesus was tied to during flagellation and splendid medieval tomb stones. Visitors are allowed to take non commercial photo without flash light.
  • 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.
  • A very church building with inscriptions of the beginning of Christianity all over it. Expressions of arts at its peak.

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