This was one of my favourite churches to explore in Rome. Listed as the oldest in Rome in the fantastic neighbourhood of Trastevere, getting here is not as convenient as other churches, but it is the only church we visited where you actually felt the serenity of the sanctuary.
Several popes and cardinals are buried here, a testament to this churches importance in the foundation of Christianity. There are several alters to the sides of the main altar, each more beautiful than the other. The two that surround the main altar are breathtaking...with glorious works of art on the walls, elaborate ceilings of frescoes with a stillness that is so peaceful it's impossible to describe.
Do not miss this church......
A beautiful very old church in Rome. It is claimed to be one of the oldest in Rome.
Santa Maria is the fine example of ornate decorative beauty, grandeur and history that can give you a flavour for the churches in Rome. Looking up at the detail in art and decoration it tells a story of hundreds of years ago how it was decorated and display for religious motifs.
We were staying in Trastevere and popped in here a few times during the week as you cannot appreciate the decor in one visit. It would be wonderful if they had volunteer tours provided as I'm sure there is more that someone could explain to make you appreciate it even more! For a good tour I'd even donate a fiver euro note to show appreciation!
We found this beautiful smaller quaint church while listening to the Rick Steve's walking tour of Trastevere.
Trastevere is in a neighborhood on the west bank of the Tiber River. It is an old Roman neighborhood with quiet residential, is lower keyed and has fewer tourists. There are many beautiful medieval buildings and the prices here at the restaurants and coffee shops are reasonable compared to other parts of Rome. Check out the beautiful mosaic floors inside the church and enjoy people watching at the square!
Highly suggest visiting Santa Maria church and Trastevere if you have the time.
At first, you might not feel like going in the Santa Maria in Trastevere if it's sunny outside, but you'll be missing out. The light inside is wonderful when bathed in sunlight, and even though it's a relatively small church when comparing it to other significant churches in Rome, it's still a marble.
It's a must see if you're in Trastevere. It won't take up too much time and it's free entry.
It was Sunday in Rome. We had just come from St. Peters in the Vatican, and had to eat lunch in Trastavere.
After our meal, we came upon yet another °blinged out church° in one of the many Piazzas.
This one did not disappoint, and (like most Catholic churches) was FREE to enter.
Must see if you make it out to the hard-to-find Trastevere District.
Santa Maria is a beautiful church that is delightful in visual appeal once you enter. From the outside, we did not know that this was a church at all, but there were people coming in and out of the church so we decided to see what it was (tourist curiosity).
The architecture is absolutely stunning and there was so much to see inside - beautiful colors, sculptures, religion, history, etc. Highly recommended for church-hopping if you're in the Trastevere area.
This is my favorite church in all of Rome. It is absolutely stunning. The church was originally built in the 4th century and rebuilt in the 12th and 19th centuries. It is breathtaking and full of surprises. I see something new every time I go there.
The mosaic in the apse is breathtaking. There is a little box at the front of the church on the left side that will turn on the lights on the mosaic for 1 eu. Last time I was there I dropped a coin in. There were audible gasps in the church as the lights came on.
Take your time. Let it unfold before you. It is incredible.
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