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St. Paul's Within The Walls, Rome

Categories: Churches, Tourist Spots
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4.3/5 based on 120+ reviews on the web
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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  • A wonderful experience in a great Church. This was an unforgettable evening of beautiful music, good atmosphere and laughter. You get the opportunity to experience this copy of the original three tenors so turn to, this was epic
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  • what a surprise when you walk thru the doors into what looks like will be a dark interior ... and instead what greets you is a sight as good as any in the Vatican .. so much gold in a stunning mosaic ...  read more »
  • Bought tickets online for la Traviata at the church and had a very nice experience. Everything concerning the administration and E-ticket on the phone worked fine. The musicians and singers performed ...  read more »
  • 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.
  • Well known as American Church in Rome, the first Protestant church to be built in Rome, it's simply amazing!!!!
  • must see in rome. Go to the top of Dom. Have a great view of the city.
  • Fine place
  • I stumbled upon St. Paul's. As an Episcopalian, I wish I knew ahead of my visit about this lovely church. They have some concerts on site and many tourists will delight in this treasure.
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