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Chiesa di Santa Susanna alle Terme di Diocleziano, Rome
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  • This church was built in the 6th century a.d. near the great baths of Diocletian, precisely at the point where, according to tradition, the House of Santa Susanna. Grandson of Emperor Diocletian the young Susanna embraced the Christian faith, vow of perpetual chastity. When the powerful Uncle demands that she marry his adopted son Susanna reneged on his vow, nor his name (which derives from the Hebrew meaning "Lily", a symbol of purity) refusing the marriage. The emperor also declared enemy of Christianity, was furious and he beheaded his niece just in the House where she lived. Thus was born the popular cult of Santa Susanna, Virgin and martyr, is celebrated on August 11. In the middle ages the Church was demolished and rebuilt several times. The today's building, together with the adjacent convent of Cistercian nuns devoted to St Bernard, was built around 1450. More recent is the monumental Baroque façade that distinguishes it, designed by the ticinese architect Carlo Maderno in the early 1600 's. Columns, pilasters, niches, statues, are harmoniously arranged on two levels separated by a rich entablature and joined by two large spirals of siding; the entrance door is surmounted by an elegant rose window resting on a balustrade. The collection, solemn and harmonious, albeit smaller recalls the massive facade of Saint Peter's basilica, designed a few years later by the same artist. The Interior has a nave, without transept but with two large symmetrical side chapels in the vicinity of the apse. The walls are thickly covered with frescoes about episodes in the life of the Saint, almost all made at the end of 1500 in the style of that era said "Mannerism". The painting on the high altar depicts the "martyrdom of Saint Susanna". Remarkable the sumptuous balustrade which separates the priest from space destined to the faithful. The gilded coffered ceiling is richly detailed paintings with colors pretty snazzy. Some archaeological excavations conducted in the basement of the Church have unearthed remains of patrician houses dating back to the III-IV century AD, giving some historical basis to the stories about the life and martyrdom of the Saint. They were also unearthed remains of frescoes dating back to the first early Christian building. After various vicissitudes, in 30 of the last century the US Catholic community residing in Rome came into possession of the convent he held for some decades, returning eventually to the Cistercian nuns. The bond with Americans Yes though is kept quite alive, since the site is still assiduously frequented by tourists and students from overseas. Unfortunately this church is currently closed for restoration. You can still admire the magnificent façade and make nice pictures, especially early in the morning or late in the afternoon, with the Sun low which emphasizes and valorizes all the details. The Church of Santa Susanna today lies along Via XX Settembre, in Piazza San Bernardo, at the intersection with Via Vittorio Emanuele Orlando. It should not be confused with other smaller churches that are situated in the immediate vicinity: Santa Maria della Vittoria (more shifted towards Porta Pia) and San Bernardo who is on the other side of the square. It is interesting to know that this little church was derived from a circular environment of the ancient baths of Diocletian. To get an idea of the huge dimensions of this structure consider that the symmetrical building San Bernardo is today found in the old "passenger's House", at the beginning of Via del Viminale, nearly half a kilometre to the South!
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  • Went to see the ecstasy of Santa Teresa, but we found with a church that had much that offer besides this magnificent work of art, many details in all the Church, that by out, passes unnoticed.
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  • The Church of Santa Susanna is close to Termini and the baths of Diocletian. The Church is Baroque, better the façade and the Interior has a single nave with decorations rather highfalutin
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  • Beautiful looking church located in Piazza Di San Bernardo.
  • Great looking church.
  • Amazing Architecture. Run by the Pulists, very open and friendly. Being an English speaking Church in Rome it is very popular for Americans.
  • So beautiful
  • 在勝利聖母教堂旁,沒想到是英語服務的彌撒,美國國家教堂, 如果可以入內 不訪入內參觀 祭壇旁很漂亮 在外經過而且只有拍照 1921年,本篤十五世授權保祿會修士使用聖女蘇撒納堂作為美國在羅馬的國家教堂[2]。美國教友的第一次彌撒在1922年2月26日舉行,至今一直為在羅馬居住或旅行的美國天主教徒提供英語儀式。 戴克里先浴場聖女蘇撒納堂 (義大利語:Chiesa di Santa Susanna alle Terme di Diocleziano The Church of Saint Susanna at the Baths of Diocletian