Column of Marcus Aurelius Rome

The Column of Marcus Aurelius (Colonna di Marco Aurelio) is located in the centre of the Piazza Colonna along the Via del Corso shopping street in the heart of Rome. The reliefs on the column of honour depict some scenes from the emperor’s military exploits. The statue on the column depicts Saint Paul.

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Santi Cosma and Damiano Church Rome

The Santi Cosma and Damiano Church was built by uniting parts of the Roman Forum and the Imperial Forums. The biggest attraction is the apse mosaic. The Forma Urbis Romae, a huge marble city map showing what Rome used to look like in the 3rd century, used to adorn one of the outside walls.

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Abbazia delle Tre Fontane Rome

Legend has it that the head of the Apostle Paul bounced three times after his decapitation and that three fountains erupted where this happened (June 29th, 67 AD). Rome‘s Abbazia delle Tre Fontane (Abbey of the Three Fountains) was built in the spot where his martyrdom took place. Continue reading “Abbazia delle Tre Fontane Rome”

Santi Nereo e Achilleo Basilica Rome

The Santi Nereo e Achilleo Church in Rome is a 4th century church near the Baths of Caracalla. It is dedicated to two martyrs who lived in the 2nd century. The main attraction is a fresco cycle by Pomarancio.

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Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere Rome

The Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere is the most central and important square in Rome‘s Trastevere district. It is named after the basilica dominating the piazza. Built by order of Saint Callixtus, it was the first official church in Rome. Nowadays, especially in the afternoons and evenings, street artists take possession of the square.

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Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere Fountain

The fountain in the Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere is considered to be the oldest monumental fountain in the city. Its present version is the work of Bramante, though famous artists like Carlo Fontana and Bernini made later additions.

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