Nativity in the Church of Santa Maria in Traspontina
Santa Maria in Traspontina (or Transpontina) is a Carmelite church in Rome, Italy.
The shrine lies on the Via della Conciliazione, the main road of the Rione Borgo.
Pope Alexander VI demolished an ancient Roman pyramid on the same site (the Meta Romuli, believed in the Middle Ages to be Romulus's tomb, and portrayed on the bronze doors to St Peter's Basilica and in a Giotto di Bondone triptych in the Vatican Museums) for the construction of the first church. This church was then demolished during the pontificate of Pius IV (1559–1565) to clear the line of fire for the cannons of the Castel Sant' Angelo.
Designs by Giovanni Sallustio Peruzzi (with contributions by Ottaviano Nonni and Francesco Peparelli) for a replacement church were in place by 1566, though the papal artillery officers insisted that its dome be as low as possible to avoid a recurrence of the previous problem. This meant that the new church's dome was built without a supporting drum.
The new church was erected along the North side of Borgo Nuovo, which was at that time the main road of Borgo.
It has four chapels to each side of the nave. The first on the right, is dedicated to Saint Barbara (the patron saint of gunners). This chapel has an altarpiece of Santa Barbara (c. 1597) by Cavalier d'Arpino, with frescoed scenes (1610–20) from the life of the saint by Cesare Rossetti. The second chapel has an Ecstasy of S. Canuto (1686) by Daniele Seyter, with frescoed ceiling and lunettes by Alessandro Francesi. The fourth chapel has a Madonna & St. John Evangelist (1587) by Cesare Conti with frescoes of the Passion (1649) by Bernardino Gagliardi. The fifth is dedicated to S.Alberto and the frescoed stories were by Niccolò Circignani. The crossing to the right, has an Apparition of the Trinity and 3 saints (1639) by Giovanni Domenico Cerrini.
The main altar (1674) was designed by Carlo Fontana, and has a medieval icon. The statues (1695) around the altar are by Alessandro Rondoni, Giacomo Antonio Lavaggi, Vincenzo Felici, and Michel Maille.
The chorus has canvases (1760) by Angelo Papi, while the ceiling of the left crossing (1697) was frescoed by Biagio Puccini. The fifth chapel to the left has an altarpiece by Giovanni Battista Ricci of Preaching by San Angelo Martire (1612) and stories of the saint. In the fourth chapel, a painting of the Ecstasy of Santa Teresa (1698) by Antonio Gherardi while the third has a Flagellazion of Saints Peter and Paul by Ricci, the second Santa Elia with St. Anthony Abbot and the blessed Franco da Siena painted by Giacinto Calandrucci.
One chapel contains the two columns to which Peter and Paul were said to have been bound prior to their martyrdom in the circus of Nero nearby.
This is the only church in Rome whose dome does not lie on a drum. The reason was to allow the gunners of Castel S. Angelo to exercise shooting on the Gianicolo Hill, which otherwise would have been hidden behind the dome.
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rychem (36817) 2013-12-23 8:32
Very nice idea and an excellent photo of a crib scene,
A Merry Christmas to you and your family
lousat (91992) 2013-12-23 9:05
Ciao Romano,qualche soggetto in primo piano ha perso un po' i dettagli ma è praticamente impossibile fare diversamente con elementi cosi' piccoli e cosi' distanziati,il presepe è davvero molto bello,ricco di dettagli e colori,cattura eccellente in una luce molto difficile.I migliori auguri anche da parte mia e buona serata,Luciano
cornejo (42919) 2013-12-23 9:59
Romano Ciao, molto buona immagine di questa bella e interessante belen, ben catturata in questa bella immagine con una buona nitidezza, luce e colore. Molto buono ed interessante lavoro ben fatto, complimenti amico mio. Grazie per la condivisione di questo bel lavoro.
Buon Natale a voi e la vostra famiglia.
Buona notte e felice settimana.
Cordiali saluti dal sud della Spagna.
SnapRJW (31629) 2013-12-23 11:03
Hello Dear Romano - There is so much to look at and enjoy in this scene and I can imagine any child being fortunate enough to see it would be totally enthralled. I am fascinated by the figures, many of which seem to depict Italian countrymen and women playing a variety of instruments. A Nativity scene that is quite different from what I am used to seeing and well managed considering the very tricky circumstances. I wish you and your loved ones a very happy Christmas. Rosemary
Royaldevon (39344) 2013-12-23 11:30
Ciao Caro Romano,
This is a near perfect reproduction of my childhood memory of the Nativity. It is almost the image from my story book, with so many scenic similarities. I can imagine the whole scene having a real impact on small children as they gaze with wonderment.
A very nicely composed shot and one so nicely in keeping with the time of year.
I hope you have a Happy Christmas,
clic (17129) 2013-12-23 11:36
The Christmas carol says 'Let us adore him'...So I notice that lot of people, including sheeps, heard the message for the happy event that you captured by the rules book despite difficult lighting!
Tanti auguri di Bon Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo!
rigoletto (34279) 2013-12-23 11:48
ciao romano. i've been to europe more than a couple of times during christmas season, and have always enjoyed these nativity compositions, sometimes in churches and sometimes in shop windows. the whole setting is so charming and colorful, and you made good use of the low light and your white balance is fantastic, the colors look so real. merry christmas!
Silvio1953 (144334) 2013-12-23 11:48
Ciao Romano, gran bel presepio per una deliziosa cartolina augurale, ottima nitidezza e bei dettagli, Buon Natale Silvio
jemaflor (98007) 2013-12-23 12:34
Well taken, good light capture, perfect sharpness, a pleasant photo for Chrstmas, tfs.
carlo62 (49175) 2013-12-23 14:24
la foto rappresenta un addobbo tipicamente italiano, proprio oggi ho visto una piccola mostra di Presepi a Viareggio, ce ne erano di tutti i tipi e di tutte le età, alcuni molto antichi.
Tanti auguri a te e ai tuoi cari
siudzi (34141) 2013-12-23 14:37
Lovely capture here taken with great light management and DOF to get such a great visual result! Beautiful composition and very well execution. TFS! Happy Christmas!
nikkitta (17066) 2013-12-23 14:50
Creative capture, finally one with the old idea what Xmas celebrates
Like the way you managed the light and above all the multiple details to admire and watch
I have seem somilar ones in some Paris churches
Well presented and done
Vi auguro un felice Natale
Corry (4508) 2013-12-23 20:40
Une jolie photo de cette crèche très colorée remplie de personnages. La note est très intéressante. Merci du partage et Joyeux Noel.
mvdisco (17794) 2013-12-23 21:01
Ciao Romano,, Bonjour,
Very nice presentation of the nativity in the church,
Nice details and point of view,
Merry Christmas to you and family,
All my complimenti.
delpeoples (58278) 2013-12-23 22:57
Un bellissimo presepe, con bei dettagli ben catturati e ben esposti. Hai catturato perfettemente l'atmosfera di natale italiano. Ottima luce, profonditá e saturazione. Auguro a te e alla tua famiglia un felice natale ed un anno piena di felicitá, buon salute e viaggi.
Un abbraccio affettuoso
abmdsudi (54555) 2013-12-23 23:17
Wonderful seasonal image and nativity scene, fabulous festive all very colourful and cheerful And the best of wishes to you.
May you have a blessed Christmas
emka (98742) 2013-12-23 23:48
Ciao Romano, beautiful nativity scene from the Church. We also have such cribs in all our churches.
I wish you and your loved ones very Merry Christmas, full of peace, love and joy.
Short, but i still has something to do in the kitchen :))
COSTANTINO (65768) 2013-12-23 23:49
Hello my friend
your shot is so real and natural
I am feeling being into the cave
many wishes for Christmas days
happiness and health to you
and your family
thanks for sharing such a photo
ourania (46264) 2013-12-24 1:59
mi piace molto l' attenzione in cui hai inquadrato questa scena e l' atmosfera che hai ottenuto con una gestione di luce sapiente ed effettiva. C' e' ottima profondita' e chiarezza, colori deliziosi e caldi e la scena e' ricca d' interesse, armoniosa e vivace. Complimenti e grazie!
Tanti saluti e cordiali auguri per Buone Feste!
Noel_Byrne (31418) 2013-12-24 2:34
Devo ammettere, penso che sia il più bel presepe che abbia mai visto. Il livello di dettaglio che è andato a creare questo è incredibile. Dai dati stessi, alcuni dei quali riconosco dalla natività standard, ma l'aggiunta di pecore al pascolo, l'oca, gli abitanti del villaggio. anche il villaggio costruito su e intorno alla scena è ben fatto.
In aggiunta a ciò, l'illuminazione è bella, nota speciale per la luce soffusa che emana da dentro la mangiatoia e il tuo punto di vista mi ha posto proprio all'interno della scena, dando vita reale alle figure. Ben fatto Romano.
Come sempre, un piacere vedere il tuo lavoro, e mi permetta Auguro a voi e il vostro un Natale felice e sereno.
Con i migliori auguri da Irlanda
timecapturer (49288) 2013-12-24 3:26
a wonderful tribute to the season this. It is what this time of the year is all about and I do love seeing these little tableaus in churches. Captured perfectly and a first class presentation.
Seasons Greetings to you and yours - Brian.
Subhogen (4067) 2013-12-24 5:27
Wonderful miniature model depicting the birth scene of Lord Jesus. Excellent detailing on the whole model. There are a lot of details to admire, which are rendered so well by the well managed light. Excellent shot.
Wish you a Merry Christmas as well.
krzychu30 (15512) 2013-12-24 5:59
I´ve seen the Nativity in Vatican three year ago.Beautiful and impressive-just like this one!
Beautiful picture to bring us in festive,Christmas mood.
Wish You a Merry Christmas
m (0) 2013-12-24 11:54
excellent Christmas theme, we do tend to become sentimental this time of the year. Lovely peaceful atmosphere and ambience, good light.
Wish you happy holidays and may all your dreams come true.
tyro (25286) 2013-12-24 15:50
As always, you have given us a very interesting and informative note. And a delightful photograph too!
Considering that the light here has obviously been very poor, you have managed to produce a remarkably clear and sharp picture with little evidence of noise. Your photograph is well composed too with lovely colours, perfect exposure and lots of detail in this fine Nativity scene.
Have a Wonderful and Peaceful Christmas!
Nicou (143096) 2013-12-25 1:01
très belles fêtes et joyeux noël.
quelle belle crèche sueprbe vue et iamge splendide compo magique.
jhm (153686) 2013-12-25 2:54
These picture fits perfect with Christmas.
Colours and presentation be superb.
Excellent composition, nice depth and good perspective.
Very well done, TFS.
Disabled_A (0) 2013-12-25 5:33
BUON NATALE!! :))
very good shot of this native Christmas scene - to remind us of the true Christmas spirit which has been tainted by consumerism, unfortunately. Thank you!:)
warm greetings from Stockholm,
aleXundar (1256) 2013-12-25 8:57
Yes, this is Christmas photo. Thank you.
You have shot it with amazing details and that also in artificial lights ... great.
Superb colors captured of the beautiful models depicting the story with wonderful atmosphere.
Wishing you a very happy Christmas,
marabu61 (11057) 2013-12-26 1:26
Beautiful native scene here, from the thumbnail I was sure to look at a real world scene. So perfect for the festive season indeed.
Merry christmas and a happy new year to you and your loved ones.
Cricri (120143) 2013-12-26 11:01
Une bien jolie crèche colorées , pleine de personnages et d'animaux, de beaux détails et une très belle présentation
Meilleurs vœux a vous et votre famille
Gigidusud (21151) 2013-12-26 13:46
Bellissimo presepe, una bella cartolina augurale! Grazie, tanti auguri anche a te e famiglia!
adores (45613) 2013-12-30 14:44
Beautiful Nativity! I like the little sculptures and they seem well placed. The houses are very nice also!
Have a great New Year!