Rome: San Silvestro in Capite

I had not planned to visit the San Silvestro in Capite.[1] It is another one of those Roman churches that are not mentioned at all in most travel guides. I do not blame them: there are certainly more interesting churches in the Eternal City. However, that does not mean that…

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Rome: Santa Pudenziana

De Santa Pudenziana, vlak bij de veel bekendere Santa Maria Maggiore, behoort tot de best bewaarde geheimen van Rome. De kerk is een verborgen juweeltje. Ze is een van de oudste in Rome en heeft een belangrijk en indrukwekkend apsismozaïek uit de late vierde of vroege vijfde eeuw. Toch lopen…

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Rome: Santa Maria della Scala

Although certainly not the most interesting church in Trastevere, the Santa Maria della Scala may come as a pleasant surprise to many. Behind a fairly simple facade, one can find a rich Baroque interior. The name of the church – Our Lady of the Staircase – refers to a medieval…

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Rome: Santa Maria dell’Orto

I used to think that there were only three interesting churches in Trastevere, my favourite neighbourhood in Rome: the Santa Maria in Trastevere of course, and then the Santa Cecilia and the San Crisogono. I now realise I was wrong all the time. The Santa Maria dell’Orto should be on…

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Rome: Santa Pudenziana

The Santa Pudenziana, near the much more famous Santa Maria Maggiore, is one of Rome’s best kept secrets. It is a hidden gem. The church is one of the oldest in Rome and has an important and impressive late fourth or early fifth century apse mosaic. Yet the Santa Pudenziana…

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