Basilica of Our Lady in Trastevere

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Santa Maria in Trastevere, Rome, Rome Overview

Santa Maria in Trastevere is a 12th-century church located in the district of Trastevere, Rome. The monument is a titular minor basilica. This is the first church in the city dedicated to Mother Mary and a popular tourist attraction. Tourists opting for walks or tours through Trastevere to explore and learn about its history, culture and traditions often cover this church along with other attractions.

Basilica of Our Lady in Trastevere is a work of Roman art and architecture. However, some of its sections are older than the 12th century. The structure that exists today was built upon ancient remains. The inscriptions, paintings, mosaics, etc. represent the classical architecture of Rome and attracts not only tourists but also art lovers and architecture buffs. Attending the daily service is recommended, but in case one cannot make it on time, just sitting inside, admiring the beauty and absorbing the serene ambience of Santa Maria in Trastevere is recommended.

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History of Santa Maria in Trastevere

Santa Maria in Trastevere was built in the early 1140s, but some parts of the monuments date back to the 3rd and the 4th century. Initially, Pope Callixtus I founded the church as a refuge for retired soldiers. The then ruler of Rome, Emperor Alexander Severus, permitted the use of the area where the church now stands. The 12th century monument that we get to see now was built after destroying the old sanctuary. This part of the work was taken over by Pope Innocent II till its completion in 1143.

Architecture of Basilica of Our Lady in Trastevere

Most portions of Santa Maria in Trastevere belong to the 12th century. However, the early foundation of the sanctuary still holds the structure. The interiors are adorned with mosaic work and tall Corinthian pillars that were made from stone sourced from the ruins of the public baths of Caracalla. The ceiling has an octagonal painting of the Assumption of the Virgin. The exteriors bear elaborate motifs significant of the architecture of late-medieval and Renaissance era. The Church also houses a Chapel, the relics of some saints and earlier popes associated with Santa Maria in Trastevere.

How to Reach Santa Maria in Trastevere

Santa Maria in Trastevere is located in Piazza Santa Maria, about 4.5 kilometres from the city centre. The well-connected network of roadways makes the attraction accessible by public transport (taxis and buses).

The railway/ metro network is also pretty convenient for commuters. There are 4/5 junctions near Santa Maria in Trastevere (Lgt Vallati/ Pettinari, Trastevere/ Mastai, Lgt Sanzio/ Filipperi, Lgt Farnesina/ Trilussa, Mameli) that are located about 8 to 10 minutes away (walkable distance).

Metro line B passes closest to the attraction. Light rail could also be an option because line 8 passes closest to Piazza Santa Maria. Travellers can choose to board any train heading to one of these stations or lines and then walk to the attraction.

The closest airport is Leonardo da Vinci International Airport, located 30 kilometres away. The route from here leading to the attraction is - Via Francesco Paolo Remotti - Roma A91 - V. Le C Colombo Centro - Via Cristoforo Colombo - Viale Guido Baccelli - Via de Cerchi - Lungotevere Aventino - Piazza di S. Calisto.

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