Church of Santa Maria d'Aracoeli : Michelin's recommendations
This church's wide facade, overlooking the Aracoeli Steps is one of Rome's most famous tourist views. It was built on the site of the citadel, then where Juno's temple once stood. The church was erected from 1250 onwards, by Franciscan monks. Its name stems from a temple (ara) dedicated to the Goddess of the sky (coeli), unless the former citadel's name was distorted (arx).Beyond the austere brick facade , you can see a superb wooden ceiling, donated by Marcantonio Colonna, and a marble pavement, one of the best preserved works by the Cosmati family, a monumental mason corporation (descendants of a certain Cosma), active from the 12th to the 14th century. The church houses numerous works of art: the St. Bernard of Sienna chapel, decorated with frescoes by Pinturicchio, tomb of Cardinal d'Albret by Andrea Bregno, Giovanni Crivelli's tombstone attributed to Donatello, Cardinal Matteo d'Acquasparta's Italian Gothic monument. It was also the church of the Santo Bambino, whose figure was renowned for its miraculous powers. Unfortunately, it was unable to reappear, after having been stolen in February 1994... but as Christmas draws closer, children are always grouped together in order to recite "sermons" in front of the Holy Child.
- Address : Scala dell'Arce Capitolina 14 I - 00186 Roma00186Roma
- Phone : 06 679 8155
Opening hours :
- May-Sep: 9am-6.30pm; Oct-Apr: 9am-5.30pm
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