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St. Paul's Within The Walls, Rome

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St Paul's Within the Walls, also known as the American Church in Rome, is a church of the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe on Via Nazionale in Castro Pretorio, Rome. It was the first Protestant church to be built in Rome. Designed by English architect George Edmund Street in Gothic Revival style, it was built in polychrome brick and stone, and completed in 1880.The church contains mosaics which are the largest works of the English Pre-Raphaelite artist Edward Burne-Jones.ConstructionBuilding a Protestant church in Rome became possible after the Kingdom of Italy's Capture of Rome from the Papacy in 1870.The Episcopal expatriate congregation in Rome commissioned Street in 1872. The cornerstone was laid in 1876, and the church was completed in 1880.MosaicsStreet approached Burne-Jones in 1881, but died the same year. The congregation's rector, Robert J. Nevin, travelled to England to confirm and expand the commission. Burne-Jones was eager to emulate the mosaics of Ravenna, which he had visited in 1873.Burne-Jones designed cartoons which he sent to Venice, together with specifications for the colours to be used. The Venice and Murano Glass and Mosaic Company mounted tesserae onto the cartoons, and the resulting assemblies were then installed in the church. The selection of colours, based on sample tiles sent to England by the company, was a collaboration between Burne-Jones and William Morris. Burne-Jones did not travel to Italy to supervise the work, instead sending his assistant, Thomas Rooke.
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  • Rome is to have more churches than the year days! Anyway: in St Paul's must have been one. Outside crosswalks, inside heavenly hosts gold mosaics. Wow, wow, wow.
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  • We went there for a performance of the opera the event. A time very nice. Without being experts, we had a lot of fun.
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  • I had pre-booked this as part of our four day (first time) visit to Rome. We were not disappointed and I was so glad that we chose this as one of our evening entertainment highlights. The Church of St...  more »
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  • A small English speaking service on Sunday. Faithfully providing a Protestant service in the heart of Catholicism.
  • Wonderful and unique looking church in a city with so many.
  • Just beyond the church's small courtyard, on Via Nazionale, the auto traffic roars and crowds march along the not-over-wide sidewalk. Somehow this place seems insulated from all that. It's Medieval-looking interior, striped inner walls matching its outside tower, isn't as tricked out as the countless Catholic churches in Rome. This is a place Episcopalians put up in the 1870s, and they kept things comparatively on the down-low. Frequently used for musical performances, which are generally quite good. Not really a destination site, but worth a stop if there's music playing.
  • must see in rome. Go to the top of Dom. Have a great view of the city.
  • Well known as American Church in Rome, the first Protestant church to be built in Rome, it's simply amazing!!!!