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Basilica Di Santa Prassede

Via di Santa Prassede 9, Rome, Italy
+39 06 488 2456
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Ranked #7 of 687 attractions in Rome
Type: Religious Sites, Ancient Ruins, Churches/ Cathedrals
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Reading UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

Spectacular 9th century mosaics in the tiny chapel of Zeno on the left as you enter, and also in the chancel apse. Look for the rare square halos, apparently indicating that the person was alive when the mosaic was created. We had planned to visit this church, but ran out of time on the day we visited Santa Maria Maggiore.... More

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

This church is not on a lot of lists of major sites. However, it is stunning. The mosaics are incomparably lovely. Not a lot of tourists so a great place to sit and contemplate them. It is worth paying the euro or so to light them up as well.

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Hilversum
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Beautiful ceiling. Do pay one euro to turn on the light at the little chapel. Amazing golden mosaic .

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

This church should be paired with seeing the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore which is a short block away. This basilica is on a side street but there are signs pointing to this place. It was built in 822 A.D. and considered to be the best Byzantine style mosaics in Rome. The Chapel of Zeno is covered with stunningly beautiful... More

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St. Louis Metro
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

The mosaics here are spectacular! Drop a Euro in the box to light up the side chapel and enjoy. Be sure to look out for Pope Paschal with his square halo (meaning he was still alive when the mosaic was done).

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

Not always mentioned in the tour guides, this church is not to be missed. Hidden away down a side street off Via Merulana (opposite Santa Maria Maggiore) this little church is a real gem. Full of so many beautiful mosaics, especially the little chapel of Saint Zeno built as a mausoleum for Pope Paschal's mother, Theodora, its breathtakingly magnificent. Part... More

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

A gem of a church, with stunning mosaics. The Chapel of St.Zeno, from 817, is exquisite, and the apse and triumphal arch mosaics are also magnificent. Watch out for the holy phoenix. The floors are also superb, Cosmati in the nave and opus sectile in the chapel. The confessio, under the high altar, is also rather fine, with the simple... More

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Xaghra, Malta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

Look out for the mosaics. They are most unique. Note the square halo on one of the saints meaning that the saint in question was still alive when the mosaic was done.

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Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

Just across the piazza from the magnificent Santa Maria Maggiore. Inside it is a veritable treasury of centuries-old mosaics which hold their charm and freshness for us today. read the descriptions in advance so you can enjoy these treasures..

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

This is near St Mary Major. Don't skip this. I love how it's a trek down an unassuming alley and then you step inside! (So many things in Italy are like that.) It's worth seeing after your visit to St. Mary Major. The mosaics and art work are wonderful to behold. And then there's the pillar of Christ's scourging. Take... More

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