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#67 of 1,406 Sights & Landmarks in Rome
The Basilica of St. Mary of the Altar of Heaven is the official church of Rome's city council (which still uses the title S.P.Q.R.) and stands on the Capitoline Hill on the site of a temple to Juno.
Layers and layers of history exist in this structure, from the use of old Roman columns in the central nave, to important works by Renaissance artists decorated the tombs and side chapels.
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#178 of 1,406 Sights & Landmarks in Rome
was the original name, but now known as Santa Francesca Romana, is tucked away between the Coliseum and the Roman Forum, and dates from the mid 10th century.
The mosaics above the altar are glorious, and I loved the chubby cherubic faces on the organ supports.
#212 of 1,406 Sights & Landmarks in Rome
The light show allows you to see the original effect of the frescoes and explains some if the detail.
#238 of 1,406 Sights & Landmarks in Rome
The church is dedicated to Saint Mark the Evangelist and was built in 336 by Pope Mark and rebuilt in 833 by Pope Gregory IV.
Stunning mosaics and a.wonderful carved ceiling make this basilica a must see.
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#307 of 1,406 Sights & Landmarks in Rome
The line to the Palatine Hill was too big, so we decided to take a detour up the side of the hill entrance.
If it wasn’t for this church, we would not be able to enjoy the colosseum.
#336 of 1,406 Sights & Landmarks in Rome
Walking up the steps you first enter a large courtyard with various frescoes and marble tombs.
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#690 of 1,406 Sights & Landmarks in Rome
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