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  • Address: Via di Santa Prassede 9, Rome, Lazio 00184, Italy
  • Hours: 7:30am-12pm, 4-6:30pm

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Santa Prassede Tours

Not far from the Papal Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore is the little Santa Prassede, a 9th-century church with stunning mosaics inside.

The Basilica of Santa Prassede was started in the late 8th century (there’s an even older church dedicated to Santa Prassede underneath it) and completed in 822 AD. The saint entombed here, Santa Prassede (or Saint Praxedes), was the daughter of the first Roman who St. Peter converted to Christianity.

The mosaics on the interior of the church are Byzantine, dating from the early 9th century, and are reminiscent of those in Venice’s St. Mark’s Basilica and the churches of Ravenna. They’re dazzling in gold and bright colors.

Among the other things to see inside the church is a bust for a tomb that was sculpted by Bernini when he was only 17 years old, and the original crypt near the altar. This is where the bones of Saint Praxedes (and her sister, Saint Pudenziana) were placed when the church was completed. There is also a reliquary containing what is said to be a piece of the pillar on which Jesus was flogged before being crucified.

Practical Info

The main entrance of the church on Via di San Martino ai Monti is not the original facade, but entering through the main door allows you to see the original 9th-century facade that is now contained inside a little courtyard.

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Churches of Rome Small-Group Tour: Maria Maggiore, Santa Pudenziana, and Basilica di Santa ... 
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Churches of Rome Small-Group Tour: Maria Maggiore, Santa Pudenziana, and Basilica di Santa Prassede

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Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

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Rome Walking Tour of Holy Sites: Basilica of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem, San Giovanni in Laterano ... 
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Rome Walking Tour of Holy Sites: Basilica of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem, San Giovanni in Laterano and Scala Santa

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Passion of Christ Walking Tour, Rome, Cultural Tours
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Passion of Christ Walking Tour

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Superb tour providing an intimate encounter with the physical objects collected and/or related to the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ. This tour visits ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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Early Christian Women Tour, Rome, Walking Tours
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Early Christian Women Tour

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Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

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Historic Churches of Rome plus Skip-the-Line Vatican Ticket, Rome, Walking Tours
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Historic Churches of Rome plus Skip-the-Line Vatican Ticket

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Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

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Monti & Esquilino Food Wine and Sightseeing Tour of Rome, Rome, Skip-the-Line Tours
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Monti & Esquilino Food Wine and Sightseeing Tour of Rome

Experience a charming 4-hour guided walking food and wine tour through Monti & Esquilino districts, one of the most authentic areas of Rome. You will ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
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