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Santa Maria in via Lata, Rome

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Santa Maria in Via Lata is a church on the Via del Corso (the ancient Via Lata), in Rome, Italy. It stands diagonal from the church of San Marcello al Corso.HistoryIt is claimed that St. Paul spent two years here, in the crypt under the church, whilst under house arrest waiting for his trial. This conflicts with the tradition regarding San Paolo alla Regola. The same was also claimed for St Peter, Paul's secretary Luke, Peter's disciple Martial, St John.The first Christian place of worship here was a 5th-century oratory (chapel with welfare centre) in the Roman building beneath the present church. This was constructed within the remains of a large Roman warehouse, some long, which has also been excavated. The church's upper level was added in the 9th century, and murals added to the lower level between the 7th and 9th centuries (these have been detached for conservation reasons). The cosmatesque pavement from this phase survives.The church's 13th century icon of the Virgin Advocate, said to have performed many miracles, and relics of the 3rd century Deacon and martyr Agapitus lie beneath it. The Arcus Novus (an arch erected by emperor Diocletian in 303-304), which stood on this site were destroyed during reconstruction of the church in the late 15th century, c. 1491. Antonio Tebaldeo, poet and friend of Raphael, was buried at the end of the north aisle in 1537, though his tomb was designed in 1776.
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  • Small and beautiful. All, a church of this size and everything is worth. The fresco on the altar is wonderful. Columns with marble pink and white, small organ in wood cabinet.
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  • Come in the afternoon on the second Sunday of the month (after 3:00 during most of the year, or after 4:00 May through September) for a 20-minute guided tour in English. Whether or not it was the hous...  more »
  • The church is beautiful, but we visited to see St. Paul's Crypt in the basement (2 Euros per person). It was discovered some time ago that the church's location was the same that Paul describes in Col...  more »
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  • Lovely church and interesting crypt. Lines and prices to see a crypt in Rome are often long. This was only 2 euro to enter so I recommend you come see it. Church is free to enter obviously and is also very beautiful. The crypt is not massive and there is not a lot to find, but you still see hints of the past here. As an English speaker you may need to take pictures of the signs and translate later or bring a friend who can read Italian. They give you an English pamphlet but there is no English during the small walk.
  • Santa Maria in Via Lata is a church on the Via del Corso (the ancient Via Lata),
  • Nice inner yard!
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  • The portico gives access to the rooms below, home of Saint Paul the Apostle when he stood under house arrest. The Church above is very elegant with works by Pietro da Cortona
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