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Churches and Basilicas

Pagina di snodo Tassonomia
Via dei Fori Imperiali, 1

The church of Santi Cosma e Damiano was made by order of Pope Felice IV (and thus also defined Basilica "Beati Felicis") in an aula of the Foro della Pace, in 527.

San Clemente
Via Labicana, 95

Its late Baroque external hides treasures dating back mainly to the Middle Ages: stand the ciborium and the floor of Cosmati, the magnificent schola cantorum and the mosaic of Roman school depictin

San Giovanni in Laterano
Piazza di San Giovanni in Laterano

Referred to as the “Mother of all churches in the world”, the Basilica of St. John Lateran constitutes the perfect linkage between the pagan and Christian eras.

San Paolo fuori le Mura
Piazzale di San Paolo, 1

The Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls is one of the four papal basilicas of Rome, the second largest after St. Peter’s.

Basilica di San Pietro
Piazza San Pietro

San PietroThe stateliness of Carlo Maderno’s seventeenth

Piazza di Santa Cecilia, 22

Santa Cecilia, music’s patron saint, became martyr here on 230 d. C.. The church, founded before C.

Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri
Piazza della Repubblica

Standing before us today was once the vast antechamber and the Tepidarium (the warm bathroom) of the Baths of Diocletian, which is quite evident from the eight huge granite columns, each measuring

Santa Maria in Cosmedin
Piazza della Bocca della Verità, 18

SANTA MARIA IN COSMEDIN The church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin was founded in C.VII, on the place where once was the Ara Maxima Erculi (a big hall with a porch from Flavius’ time, from which one onl

Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere
Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere

The Basilica was probably the first official place of Christian worship in Rome.

Santa Maria Maggiore
Piazza di Santa Maria Maggiore

The Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore is the most important and best preserved of Roman churches dedicated to the Madonna.

Piazza della Minerva, 42

Founded on the ruins of a temple dedicated to Minerva Calcidica during C. VII, it was rebuilt with Gothic shapes during C.XII.

Piazza Pietro d'Illiria, 1

Founded by Pietro, priest from Illiria, between 422 and 432, on an antique "Titulus Sabinae" probably raised in the house of a Sabina matron that then ended up identifying itself with the saint wit

Chiesa dei SS. Quattro
Via dei Santi Quattro, 20

The name of the church refers to different stories about the history of martyrs.

Piazza del Gesù

Nel 1551 sant’Ignazio di Loyola commissionò all’architetto fiorentino Nanni di Baccio Biggio il disegno di una Chiesa per la Compagnia di Gesù.

Chiesa della Natività di Gesù
Piazza di Pasquino, 2

In Piazza Pasquino, next to Piazza Navona, is the little Natività di Gesù Church, originally built in 1692 and altered several times thereafter.

Via del Quirinale, 23

One of the famous baroque churches for its scenographic setting and for its solemnity, the church of St Charles of the Four Fountains is often unjustly forgotten.

Chiesa di Sant'Agostino in Campo Marzio
Piazza di Sant'Agostino, 80

The church was built in 1296 at the behest of Pope Boniface VIII, but was completed only in 1420.

Chiesa di Sant'Andrea delle Fratte
Via di Sant'Andrea delle Fratte, 1

The elliptical apse, the drum of the dome and the bell tower are attributed to Borromini, who worked on the building since 1653.

Piazza Sant'Ignazio

The church of Sant'Ignazio di Loyola was built on a drawing by the Jesuit mathematician Orazio Grassi, on the basis of projects by Carlo Maderno and others, and to the expense of Cardinal Ludovico

il buco della serratura del cancello del Priorato dei Cavalieri di Malta
Piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta, 4

The church too belongs to the Ordine Sovrano di Malta and was completely remodeled and decorated by Gian Battista Piranesi in 1765, who turned it into one of the most beautiful neoclassical creatio

Chiesa di Santa Maria della Concezione
Via Vittorio Veneto, 27

The Church of Santa Maria della Concezione of the Capuchins, which is more frequently referred to as Nostra Signora della Concezione, is undeniably among the most fascinating of the hundre

Cappella di s. Zenone
Via di Santa Prassede, 9/a

Parallel to Via Merulana, next to Santa Maria Maggiore, lies Via di Santa Prassede.

Chiesa di Sant’Urbano
Via Appia Pignatelli, 65

This is an ancient temple built, converted into a church in the ninth century, overlooking the valley of the River Almone, today the Valley of the Caffarella.

Piazza del Popolo, 12

SANTA MARIA DEL POPOLO Santa Maria del Popolo is one of the most significant buildings from Rome’s Renaissance, not only for its architectural elements, but also for the paintings and sculptures th

Santa Maria in Vallicella
Piazza della Chiesa Nuova, 1

The figure of San Filippo Neri, ”Apostolo di Roma”, canonized in 1622, is historically tied to the church of Santa Maria in Vallicella.

Via di Santo Stefano Rotondo, 7

One of Italy’s most antique churches with a round plan, probably built during C.V and consecrated to religion by Pope Simplicio at the end of C.V.

Largo Terzo millennio, 8

Our first glimpse of U.S. Architect Richard Meier’s Church “Dives in Misecordia” appears to be that of a ship in full sail.

Il mantello del Papa
Via Nomentana, 349

An aged-old ceremony is annually celebrated in the Basilica of Sant’Agnese (Via Nomentana 349) on the feast of this saint.

Lungotevere de' Cenci

In 1870, with the end of the papal rule over the city, Rome became the new capital of Italy. Jews finally regained their civil rights and were free to settle anywhere throughout the city.

Viale Della Moschea, 85

The Mosque of Rome , inaugurated in 1995, is one of the biggest in Europe. It is an very important reference point for Muslims living in the Capital.

San Benedetto in Piscinula
Piazza In Piscinula, 40

The splendid Piazza in Piscinula opens out as you walk along Via della Lungaretta, at Isola Tiberina.  Tradition has it that the church in the square, San Benedetto i

San Giorgio in Velabro
Via del Velabro, 19

This small church is located behind the Arco di Giano (Arch of Janus).

San Luigi dei Francesi
Piazza di San Luigi de' Francesi, 5

The French National Church, founded by Cardinal Giulio de’ Medici (later Pope Clemente VII) in 1518, and completed in 1589 by Giacomo della Porta and Domenico Fontana is famous for three paintings

Piazza di San Pietro in Vincoli, 4/A

Via Cavour: starting out from the Fora, about halfway along Via Cavour we come across the steep steps of via San Francesco di Paola.

Sant'Agnese in Agone
Via di Santa Maria dell'Anima, 30/a

Sant'Agnese in Agone  is a 17th-century Baroque church.

Santa Maria della Vittoria
Via XX Settembre, 17

The interior of the church has a single nave, it offers one of the richest examples of baroque decoration for the wealth of marble, stucco and decorations.

Scala dell'Arce Capitolina, 14

Built on the ruins of the Temple of Juno Moneta in the sixth century, it is located on the highest peak of the Capitol.

SS. Trinità dei Monti
Piazza della Trinità dei Monti

The work was financed thanks to a bequest made by Etienne Guffier − a functionary at the French Embassy in Rome.

Via Acque Salvie, 1

The legend tells that the head of the Apostle Paul, after the beheading, made three jumps from which three fountains gushed out.

Via del Babuino, 153

In 1880 this church belonging to the anglican cult was built for the English residents and the visitors of Rome. The task was entrusted to the English architect George Edmund Street.

Piazza dei Santi Apostoli, 51

The Basilica dei SS.

Piazzale Santi Pietro e Paolo, 8

This monumental travertine church dedicated to St Peter and St Paul was built between 1937 and 1941 on the highest point in the EUR. Its white mass dominates the whole district.

Piazza Sidney Sonnino, 44

At the beginning of Viale di Trastevere is the church of San Crisogono. The church was built before 499 and restored in 1129.

Via di Porta Latina, 17

Before the church of San Giovanni a Porta Latina, founded in the fifth century, is a picturesque and secluded churchyard, shaded by a big citron and with a medieval well between two columns.

Viale dei Salesiani, 9

On the square bearing the same name is the Church of San Giovanni Bosco built by Rapisardi.

Piazzale del Verano, 3

The basilica of San Lorenzo fuori le Mura (Saint Lawrence outside the Walls) as it is today is the combination of two distinct churches, one built in the sixth century AD and the other at the begin

Via Appia Antica, 136

The basilica of San Sebastiano fuori le mura (Saint Sebastian outside the Walls) is dedicated today to this popular – and frequently represented – saint from Narbonne, but was originally known as t

Via Merulana, 124

It constitutes, along with Palazzo Brancaccio, the most demanding work by Luca Carirnini and the first monumental carrying out of the sacred Roman architecture after 1870.

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