Rome, Italy

Santa Maria in Trastevere, Rome, Italy

Trastevere is one of the oldest parts of Rome, a maze of alleys and squares it has a character all of its own. The centre, if it has one, is the Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere overlooked by the most distinctive Church this side of the River, which unsurprisingly bears the same name as the Piazza.

It comes as a surprise to most visitors that this is thought to be the oldest place of Christian worship in all of Rome, dating to the 3rd Century. Most of what stands today dates from the 12th Century, including the Belltower and, most interestingly, the mosaics both inside and across the frieze atop the facade which are superb.

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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