Route: THE PATRONS OF ROME. HISTORY OF PETER AND PAUL
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Via del Corso, 306
Basilica: every day 17:00-22:30. Free entry.
Crypt: every day, except Monday 15:00-18:00, on Saturday also 10:00-13:00. Admission by donation.
Situated on Via del Corso, the historic Via Lata, the church was built in the ninth century on the remains of a large Roman building dating back to the first century AD, later transformed into a place of worship. Tradition has it that St. Paul lived here whilst under house arrest and awaiting trial; in the basement of the church a marble column, to which the apostle would have been tied, and a well, where the water sprang miraculously thanks to his prayers, can still be seen.
Due to frequent flooding with water from the Tiber, in 1049 the church was rebuilt and raised by 1 metre. Cosimo_Fanzago rebuilt it in its present form and Pietro da Cortona designed the elegant baroque façade and portico (1658-1662).
Foto Basilica di Santa Maria in via Lata
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