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Basilica of Santa Maria in Aracoeli

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Scala dell’Arce Capitolina, 14
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Every day 08:00-18:00. Free entry.

The church stands on the ruins of the Temple of Juno Moneta, the highest peak of the Capitoline Hill. Its name refers to a legend that the church would be built on the exact spot where a Sibyl announced the coming of the son of God to the Emperor Augustus. The first church dates back to the sixth century and a monastery, a market and a small residential neighbourhood were built next to it. The interior has three naves with round arches and slightly protruding transept; there are three apse chapels. The coffered wooden ceiling is of the sixteenth century and the cosmatesco floor – named after the Cosmati brothers, well-known marble handlers in the twelfth century – is completely preserved. The tombstone inserts are thirteenth century. The staircase of 124 marble steps was built in the fourteenth century in thanksgiving for the end of the plague.

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How to get the step: Basilica of Santa Maria in Aracoeli

Santa Maria in Aracoeli, 00186 Rome, Italy

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