Basilica di Santa Prassede
Basilica di Santa Prassede
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  • Martin T
    Hawkhurst, United Kingdom583 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An exquisite and hidden gem, a Byzantine church in Rome
    Another gem, this little church all the more so for being slightly tucked away and overshadowed by a much bigger neighbour in Santa Maria Maggiore. Quite intimate in scale and atmospheric, dark with a shaft of light coming in from the little courtyard outside. The mosaics are exquisite, all the more so for their age, shades of Byzantium in its glory, in a side street in Rome. The crypt contains remains of Roman martyrs from an earlier age. The eight century remembers the third century, and another twelve centuries have slipped by.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 5 November 2023
  • Brad
    Hong Kong, China1,73,427 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Byzantine gem in Rome
    Saint Prassede is a 9th-century basilica just a couple minutes walk from Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore and is well worth visiting if you are sightseeing in the area. Opening hours are now 10am to 12pm and 4-6.30pm (March 2024). The exterior looks like any old Roman building. However, the inside is remarkable, starting with the apse mosaics behind the alter, geometric marble patterned floor and the light frescos that line the wall of the main nave. A highlight is the small room with low ceiling frescos of Christ and a column fragment relic from the large column of Jerusalem, from which it is believed that Jesus was flogged. In the end, is a gem of a church visit in Rome one that we have been lucky to have visited several times over the years. It never disappoints.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 March 2024
  • Vadim
    Murmansk, Russia33,993 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    In the shadow of a famous neighbor.
    The popularity of this basilica suffers greatly from the proximity to Santa Maria Maggiore and the inconspicuous entrance to it. However, Santa Prassede is not much inferior in age to the famous neighbor, and its symbolic importance for Catholics increased in 1223, when the "flagellation column" was transferred here, to which Christ was allegedly tied in the courtyard of the pretoria (in the chapel of San Zeno). At the same time, the very origin of the name of the church is unclear. It is unclear who Saint Praxeda was. Either she was one of the virgin daughters of Roman Senator Pudens, as the legend of the VI century says, or just a woman who financed the construction of the church. The very construction of the basilica in the 8th century under Pope Paschal was facilitated by the emigration of monks who fled from Byzantium as a result of the iconoclastic movement. Thanks to them, a mosaic appeared in the church. However, as a result of the loss of ancient knowledge, the basilica was poorly built. The columns and walls of the nave are not parallel to each other, and the transept is not at right angles to the nave. After the 9th century, Santa Prassede was rebuilt several times, each time in the spirit of the prevailing fashion: Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque. In the XX century, they tried to remove the alterations of the last thousand years and return to their original state. Where it was possible...The main thing that is seen in the basilica is the chapel of San Zeno with a flagellation column and mosaics. In the basilica on the tomb of Bishop Giovanni Battista Santoni there is a small bust of the cardinal by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. This is his early work, at the age of 22. I somehow missed it... Probably, in 2 days I had enough of Bernini's more significant works...
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 26 May 2024
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia33,993 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
The popularity of this basilica suffers greatly from the proximity to Santa Maria Maggiore and the inconspicuous entrance to it. However, Santa Prassede is not much inferior in age to the famous neighbor, and its symbolic importance for Catholics increased in 1223, when the "flagellation column" was transferred here, to which Christ was allegedly tied in the courtyard of the pretoria (in the chapel of San Zeno). At the same time, the very origin of the name of the church is unclear. It is unclear who Saint Praxeda was. Either she was one of the virgin daughters of Roman Senator Pudens, as the legend of the VI century says, or just a woman who financed the construction of the church. The very construction of the basilica in the 8th century under Pope Paschal was facilitated by the emigration of monks who fled from Byzantium as a result of the iconoclastic movement. Thanks to them, a mosaic appeared in the church. However, as a result of the loss of ancient knowledge, the basilica was poorly built. The columns and walls of the nave are not parallel to each other, and the transept is not at right angles to the nave. After the 9th century, Santa Prassede was rebuilt several times, each time in the spirit of the prevailing fashion: Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque. In the XX century, they tried to remove the alterations of the last thousand years and return to their original state. Where it was possible...The main thing that is seen in the basilica is the chapel of San Zeno with a flagellation column and mosaics. In the basilica on the tomb of Bishop Giovanni Battista Santoni there is a small bust of the cardinal by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. This is his early work, at the age of 22. I somehow missed it... Probably, in 2 days I had enough of Bernini's more significant works...
Written 26 May 2024
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Comobo
Portsmouth, UK9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This was a lovely visit, we popped in after going to the Vatican. It was close to our hotel. It is incredible inside and well worth a visit.
Written 15 April 2024
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Brad
Hong Kong, China1,73,427 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Saint Prassede is a 9th-century basilica just a couple minutes walk from Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore and is well worth visiting if you are sightseeing in the area. Opening hours are now 10am to 12pm and 4-6.30pm (March 2024).

The exterior looks like any old Roman building. However, the inside is remarkable, starting with the apse mosaics behind the alter, geometric marble patterned floor and the light frescos that line the wall of the main nave. A highlight is the small room with low ceiling frescos of Christ and a column fragment relic from the large column of Jerusalem, from which it is believed that Jesus was flogged.

In the end, is a gem of a church visit in Rome one that we have been lucky to have visited several times over the years. It never disappoints.
Written 6 March 2024
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brat0029
North Mankato, MN232 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Close to the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, this Church is nearly as impressive and absolutely worth a visit. Well over a thousand years old, it is one of the oldest churches in Rome.
Written 24 February 2024
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Martin T
Hawkhurst, UK583 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Another gem, this little church all the more so for being slightly tucked away and overshadowed by a much bigger neighbour in Santa Maria Maggiore. Quite intimate in scale and atmospheric, dark with a shaft of light coming in from the little courtyard outside. The mosaics are exquisite, all the more so for their age, shades of Byzantium in its glory, in a side street in Rome. The crypt contains remains of Roman martyrs from an earlier age. The eight century remembers the third century, and another twelve centuries have slipped by.
Written 5 November 2023
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Ena G
Vancouver, Canada763 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
The church is located just a few steps from Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, in a small street nearby.
The mosaics inside the church are amazing.
Written 5 September 2023
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AptosAmy
Aptos, CA605 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
Very interesting old church. Wish someone would put some money into maintaining the place. It smells like mold.
Written 24 April 2023
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Sarah
Sandbach, UK39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
This is a stunning church which looks very plain outside but is a gem inside. The mosaics over the altar and in the little side chapel are breathtaking - it’s like being in a jewel box.
Written 21 April 2023
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JennyandGemma
Hampshire, UK103 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
We popped in here as we were in the area visiting Santa Maria Maggiore. It’s absolutely beautiful inside and definitely worth the visit. The mosaics are incredibly well preserved and there’s plenty to see inside the church.
Written 26 October 2022
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LittleDan500
Liverpool, UK326 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
This is sometimes overlooked at people visit the nearby Santa Maria Maggiore. If you can, visit both as they are so close to one another and equally stunning. The mosaics in particular.

It contains The Column of the Flagellation - the alleged segment of the pillar or column upon which Jesus was flogged and tortured before his crucifixion
Written 3 June 2022
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