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Santa Maria in Via Lata, Rome

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4.2/5 based on 15+ reviews on the web
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 with a façade that looks almost like a movie where you see only the façade of a building with the spaces that appear behind the columns. like others, it loses a bit even though it is located in via del Corso (or perhaps because of it).
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  • The Via del Corso is not all about shopping ;+). We dropped in to this beautiful church while on a shopping expedition on the Corso and were thrille dto find the churhc offers Eucharistic Adoration in...  read more »
  • Yet to be discovered, and then to be excavated. Holy death cult mystery clean air life silence charm memories. Site that needs improvement on the part of the authorities.
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  • Nice inner yard!
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  • Initially, looking at it from the outside, this church I had particularly affected; but it is entering inside the show appears: the aisles are beautifully decorated and the internal cloister with semicircular and garden is one of the finest I have ever seen
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  • If you're around here worth visiting
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