Mausoleo di Santa Costanza

Mausoleo di Santa Costanza, Rome

Mausoleo di Santa Costanza
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Religious Sites • Churches & Cathedrals
About
Originally built as a mausoleum in the fourth century for Costanza, son of Constantine, this church was transformed into a baptistery and then into a church towards the middle of the second century.
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1-2 hours
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Address
Neighborhood: Trieste
How to get there
  • Sant'Agnese - Annibaliano • 4 min walk
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Emily B
Louisiana60 contributions
Jan 2022 • Solo
Other reviews have described this church as “evocative” and “atmospheric,” and they’re not wrong! There isn’t too much to see here, but it’s worth stopping in for a quick peek if you’re nearby (visiting Sant’Agnese fuori le Mura, for example). The ceiling mosaics are lovely, and on a sunny day, the building is just breathtaking.
Written January 8, 2022
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dapper777
Monaco32,075 contributions
Sep 2020 • Friends
The mausoleum dates back to 350 AD. and it was built at the behest of Constantina or Constance, daughter of the emperor Constantine, close to the large cemetery basilica she had built in the underground cemetery, the burial place of the martyr St. Agnes of whom she was a devotee, currently in ruin.
The word "Santa Costanza" derives from an error for which Constantina was mistaken for a saint.
The mausoleum became the baptistery font of the nearby basilica of St Agnes Outside the Walls and in the 13th century an independent church.
The Mausoleum can be accessed from via Nomentana as well as for the whole complex of St. Agnes Outside the Walls.

The Mausoleum has the main characteristics of early Christian architecture recognizable in the circular plan with ambulatory and the beautiful mosaics that decorate the vaults of the corridor.
The environment is very suggestive, characterized by exposed red bricks that leave room for pictorial decorations and mosaics.
The fresco of the dome is not the original one: it replaced the spectacular dome mosaic and it is a reconstruction wanted by Pope Urban VIII in the seventeenth century, when the ancient decoration was in danger of collapsing. It depicts scenes from the legends of SS Constance, Agnes and Emerentiana.
Along the walls there are some fragments of ancient frescoes representing figures of saints.
The most innovative feature of the Mausoleum is constituted by the two concentric circular spaces deriving from Roman models of temples, mausoleums and nymphaeums such as the Pantheon and the Mausoleum of Augustus.
Just outside the complex is the memorial stone dedicated to the victims of the "Breccia di Porta Pia", a battle where the Bersaglieri soldiers fighted and opened a breach in the walls of the Kingdom of the Pope, through which, on September 20, 1870, they entered Rome and completed the unification of Italy.
Thanks to the evocative setting, the extraordinary charm and the uniqueness of its architecture, the Mausoleum of Santa Costanza is much loved by couples who get married with a religious rite.
Not to miss out.
Written November 10, 2020
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alexineberry
Clitheroe, UK202 contributions
Oct 2019
This is definitely off the beaten track, but well worth it. The ceiling is absolutely beautiful - I have seen nothing similar elsewhere in Rome.
Written October 25, 2019
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Paul R
Wellingborough, UK651 contributions
May 2019 • Solo
This site is one amongst many historical ruins to be visited along the fabulous Appian Way.
It is picturesque, atmospheric and very interesting.
As well as the obvious historical interest, there is some contemporary artwork on display in part of the complex which, if not to everyone's taste, is at least striking and a talking point.
There is a modest entrance fee, which is well worth paying.
Written June 12, 2019
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Marco S
Milan, Italy137 contributions
Nov 2018 • Friends
One of the best place to visiti, the place covers a large part of roman history. Highly recommened if you like something different from mainstream Rome
Written November 16, 2018
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Louis A
Houston, TX21 contributions
Sep 2018
The mausoleum of St. Constance was built in the 4th century AD as the burial place for Constantina, the daughter of the Emperor Constantine, who died in 354 AD. The cylindrical mausoleum and its adjacent large funerary basilica (in ruins) are and excellent example of early Christian architecture initiated during the reign of the Emperor Constantine.
Written September 20, 2018
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docko1
Chicago, IL79 contributions
Sep 2017 • Couples
Other reviewers have called it a hidden gem, and that's so true. I've been to Rome many times, and when the noise and crowds become too much, I go to Santa Costanza. In a quiet, serene neighborhood, maybe a ten-minute cab ride from Piazza del Popolo, it's always almost empty and cool and quiet. Beautiful mosaics from the 4th century. Yes, as one writer noted, it could use some explanatory notes, as I don't recall any at all. Read up before you go.
Written June 11, 2018
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ludor
Iasi, Romania2,566 contributions
Apr 2018 • Friends
It's a hidden gem, a lot less crowded then other touristic places in Rome of similar significance. The architecture, mosaics and all the interior are extremely interesting, with pagan reminiscences in early Christian decorations. The sarcophagus of the emperor Constantine's daughter is impressive, even if is just the copy, the original being kept in Vatican.
Written April 29, 2018
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radish3
Pleasanton, CA3 contributions
Nov 2017 • Solo
Nice little place... Beautiful gem. Off beaten track but worth the visit from the architectural, art point of view
Written November 13, 2017
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M. Andersen
149 contributions
Oct 2016 • Couples
Well it's nice there. Impressive sarcophagus. That said it would be nice if the place have had written information in English. If it was there we didn't find it.
Written October 30, 2016
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