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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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  • The ancient name of today's Via del Corso, via Lata indicated the first urban stretch of the ancient via Flaminia that from the Capitol ran up in Rimini, along a path that followed and crossed the Apennines; Today the name of via Lata remained in a street next to this church. It is located along via del Corso, in fact after about 150 meters from piazza Venezia to piazza Del Collegio Romano located exactly behind him (originally his façade is positioned on the piazza del Collegio). Important traces of buildings of the Imperial period were unearthed, coinciding with the line of the Church, representing a public building at least 100 metres, or a late Roman insula housing, become a nucleus of Christian worship with a Diakonia. The old church dates back to the year 800 and is built on top of these civilian facilities, home to a variety of environments and exhibits to visitors in the basement, then around 1600 the present Church is placed above the medieval Temple. The current look is clearly Baroque, as the Church was enlarged thanks to the donation of Olimpia Aldobrandini, which ceded a portion of the adjacent palazzo Doria Pamphili and, later, it was completed on the occasion of the Holy Year of 1650. The Church remained tied to the Pamphilj family. Its Baroque façade by Pietro da Cortona, presents two orders with oval portico and four columns at the bottom while the top has an airline cabin. The Bell Tower, the end of ' 500, was designed by Martino Longhi the elder. The Atrium holds two entrances to underground environments of the early Church mentioned where you can admire remains of cosmatesque floor and walls frescoes depicting the stories of Solomon, of the seven sleepers of Ephesus and the lives of Saints; the Interior has three naves with twelve columns of Sicilian Jasper, has wealth of marble and stucco; the high altar designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini built in 1636, is among four Alabaster columns and putti, framed in silver, the image of the Madonna Advocata-opera of the late 12th c. second century "Petrus Pictor".
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  • It was founded under Pope Sergius I, at the end of the seventh century, revered as a Saint by the Catholic Church. It is in via del Corso, the ancient via Lata, hence the name of the Church. Starting from Piazza Venezia is about 200 metres on the left. The façade is Baroque, opera by Pietro da Cortona, the Interior has three naves with 12 red pillars of Sicilian Jasper, Rock formed from quartz and impurities of iron particles. The high altar is attributed to Gian Lorenzo Bernini and also in the Church are the tombs of Joseph Napoleon Bonaparte and his eldest daughter Zenaide. Among the most interesting of underground places all of Rome there is a crypt underneath the Church and where are visible the remains of a large Roman building dating back to the first century. Among the furnishings of Paleo-Christian altar in masonry are an ancient crypt and the portraits of martyrs John and Paul. It is said that here has been held captive by the Apostle Paul: indeed are visible a Corinthian column which would be tied and a well from which water would have arisen in response to the prayers of the Holy. This is a church that is poorly understood but instead is an architectural Marvel. Very interesting to watch because it represents a historical record of ancient Rome.
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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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  • 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.
  • a lovely chuch
  • Santa Maria in Via Lata is a church on the Via del Corso (the ancient Via Lata),
  • Nice inner yard!
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