Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere : Michelin's recommendations
The present basilica was built by Pope Innocent II, in 1140, where a source of oil (the fons olei) had started flowing in 38 B.C. This signified the coming of the grace of God to the faithful ! On the charming square, the church facade shows a pleasant mosaic of the Virgin and Child. Statues of saints were placed on the porch balustrade in the 17 and 18C. You can see fragments from previous buildings under the porch. The interior has retained it fine, original basilica plan. Columns separating the naves were retrieved from ancient forum monuments, and other sources, and still bear their ancient capitals... however, in the 19C, Pius IX had their eminently Pagan Egyptian divinities removed, although these had had plenty of time to be impregnated by the holiness of the premises. Choir mosaics, decorating the triumphal arch, are wonderful, as are those on the 12C apse calottes. Between the stained glass windows and at the base of the triumphal arch, mosaics by Pietro Cavallini (end of 13C) are masterpieces of delicacy. If it's Baroque you're looking for, the exuberant, trompe-l'oeil, Avila Chapel, by Antonio Gherardi, should satisfy you !
- Address : Piazza di S. Maria in Trastevere I - 00153 Roma00153Roma
- Phone : 065897332