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Basilica Di Santa Prassede
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“Wow!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2012

What a surprise inside...just breathtaking! The mosaics were so beautiful and colorful - it was worth the coin to illuminate the room. I planned this visit based on previous reviews posted on TA and I was not disappointed. One of the best things was that you weren't rushed by all the tourists and felt like you could stay as long as you liked.

Visited May 2012
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“Church of Santa Prassede”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2012

This church is just southwest of the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome. There are magnificent 9th century mosaics. Bring euro coins to light the mosaics; it's well worth it.
If you visit the major Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, be sure to spend some time here also.

Visited May 2012
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“Incredible mosaics hidden away”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2012

This hard-to-find church is one of the small wonders of Rome. It's packed with incredible 5th century mosaics that are simply stunning to see. Put the coin in the slot for the illuminated room packed on all walls and ceiling with mosaics - the view with the light is nearly overwhelming. I'm so glad we went to this church - just down a nothing little street from Santa Maria Maggiore, which much overwhelms in size but by no means in beauty.

Visited February 2012
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“A hidden masterpiece overlooked by guidebooks”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2012

Its true that not everything can be covered in a guide book .This we stumbled upon because it was so warm outside .

Its serene. It is not over trodden by visitors . Its serene , beautiful mosaics that are fading which prob will need some conservation very soon or their beauty will be lost to the ravages of time.

Its a beautiful church just off the main street from the larger and famous Santa Maria Maggiore.
If u walk down Via Merulana on the right hand side facing away from the basilica u will spot the unimposing church on the right hand side /down a short alley . Does not stand out from the outside but is worth having a quiet moment of reflection .

Visited April 2012
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“If there are any hidden gems in Rome, this is one of them”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2012

Tucked into a tiny and quiet corner of an alley street across from the much larger and famous Santa Maria Maggiore, is the very impressive, 8th century church called Santa Prassede, with its beautiful Byzantine mosaic work and well preserved, wall-to-wall frescoes, some over a millennium in age.

It is the collection of mosaics that get much of the attention within Santa Prassede and they are well deserving. However, what impresses us most with Santa Prassede is the quality of preservation of the wall to wall fresco cycles, some possibly dating back to the 8th century, found in throughout the church nave. For those not able to visit the masterpiece work of the Bancacci Chapel (Florence), this is probably our favorite fresco work in Rome. Its just superb, making it easy to spend lots of time in Santa Prassede admiring this small church.

This very impressive church visit, like many others is free and you can take pictures inside. What a blessing and what a precious place for the city of Rome. Anywhere else in the world, Santa Passade would routinely be considered a top 5 'Must See' attraction. In Rome, it is drowned in a sea of wonderful and magnificent churches and infrequently visited, making it one of cities hidden gems to visitors, if we can really call it that.

Having visited Rome more times than we can count, we include Santa Prassede as one of our Top Five churches in the city. It is a must see for us, and will always be included on our short list of 'must repeat' visits when in Rome. In addition, its worth your time to visit the more famous Santa Maria Maggiore just across the street from Santa Passed

Hint: Its quite dark inside and for very good reason. Unfortunately, this makes it very difficult to take photos inside this church due to the very low light conditions. Slow down your shutter speed and take a deep breath before making pictures, hold as still as you can to maximize the quality of those you take inside. Or just turn the camera off and enjoy what you are seeing! That works just as well.

Visited February 2012
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