Route: THE AGE OF THE GREAT MASTERS. ROME AND THE RENAISSANCE
Piazza di Santa Croce in Gerusalemme www.santacroceroma.it…
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In the Esquiline area, near the Aurelian Walls and the Amphitheatre Castrense, is the Basilica of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme commissioned by the Empress Helena, mother of Constantine, who converted part of the imperial residence (Sessorium) into a chapel for the conservation of the relics of the Cross. Brought to Rome after a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, as is represented by Antoniazzo Romano in the fresco in the apse, these are now kept in the twentieth-century Chapel of the Relics. The current appearance of the basilica was designed by architects Domenico Gregorini and Pietro Passalacqua in the eighteenth century. In the basement, on the left, is the Chapel of St. Gregory and, on the right, that of St. Helena, with a mosaic depicting Christ Blessing, the Evangelists and stories of the Cross on the ceiling.
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