Santa Maria in Trastevere

Santa Maria in Trastevere is located in the old town of the Italian capital. The temple building is the very first basilica dedicated to Our Lady. The facade of the building is decorated with a fresco depicting the legend of the virgins and Mary and the baby Jesus. It is one of the most visited attractions in Italy.

Santa Maria in Trastevere


Santa Maria in Trastevere may have been the first Christian building in the capital. According to legend, the construction was ordered by Pontiff Callisto in the third century. The construction was completed by Saint Julius. Subsequently, the basilica was restored and decorated more than once. The Basilica is considered the oldest church in the capital of Italy. Pope Innocent ordered the church to be rebuilt in the early 12th century. To build the basilica, stone was taken from the ruins of the Baths of Caracalla. Soon, Innocent II's rival died, and the new Pope ascended the throne alone.

The restoration of the temple was an important event for Pope Innocent 2. By this he strengthened his power. The renovation of the church was a symbol of the new Pope. After the restoration of the temple, Innocent the Second erased the memory of his rival.

Santa Maria in Trastevere

In the mid-19th century, extensive restoration work was carried out in Santa Maria in Trastevere. Unfortunately, some archaeological values were irretrievably damaged and lost during these works.

List of attractions

San Crisogono. During your tourist walks in Trastevere you can admire the beauty of the Basilica of San Crisogono, which also contains examples of decorations from the ancient period. The mosaic looks great in the cosmetics style. The gilded asp gives grace to the interior of the basilica. The remains of the Patron Saint are buried here. The walls inside are decorated with fragments of frescoes, and the ceiling is made of black gold. In the middle is the painting "Saint Crisogono in Glory".

Santa Maria in Trastevere. This is an early Christian temple. Historians claim that the basilica is the oldest in the Italian capital. In our time, an updated version of the basilica has survived. The Blessed Virgin Mary is the patroness of the temple. Everything breathes with Romanesque architecture: the arched vaults and the high colonnade. The interior decoration of the Church of Santa Maria in Trastevere surprises with its extraordinary combination of antiquity and medieval culture. Tourists are attracted by the mosaic of the dome. Baby Jesus and Virgin Mary stand out against the golden background. The wooden panels are gilded and shaped like stars and crosses.

Vestibule. When entering the temple through a door located on the side, tourists find themselves in a small room, which is the lower floor of the bell tower. There are carved marble slabs and a large wooden crucifix here.

The Temple of Santa Maria in Trastevere can be seen in Italy while walking around Trastevere. Tourists have a lot to see in the Italian capital. A visit to a landmark will leave a lasting impression on your trip.

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Santa Maria in Trastevere - geographical coordinates
Latitude: 41.889444
Longitude: 12.469722


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