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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snunney (89894) 2014-03-21 8:29
The church is under renovation I guess. Much better to look at these imaginatively decorative panels than scaffolding.
COSTANTINO (59851) 2014-03-21 8:53
Hello dear friend
lets go travel together with this yellow
bus but the questions is where is the church?
according to your useful notes the church
must be renovated
nice for all those ancient buildings to
have a nice weekedn
dta (71391) 2014-03-21 10:24
Ciao Romano ,
Une composition originale et colorée nous montrant une Rome différente , avec ce bus de touristes passant devant l'église ... dont on ne voit rien sinon la représentation et uen immense affiche .
lousat (82500) 2014-03-21 10:36
Ciao Romano,prospettiva coraggiosa e difficile,un po' sgangherata ma davvero molto originale,la presenza del bus turistico cristiano ha fatto la differenza,una volta tanto la sfortuna che ci colpisce di fronte a chiese e monumenti in restauro ha giovato allo scatto..hehe...buon weekend,Luciano
holmertz (45179) 2014-03-21 12:36
An unusual and rather amusingl view from Rome. Christianity advertised with bright colours and loud messages, rather strange and probably not a sight to be expected in the Lutheran north. A nicely observed and different view.
PaulVDV (24369) 2014-03-21 12:39
I really like this realistic contemporary street scene.
Very colourful and excellently presented.
Best regards, Paul
Gigidusud (18009) 2014-03-21 12:51
Una scena di vita quotidiana originale con il pullman turistico davanti il trompe l'œil della chiesa. Ben visto!
Un caro saluto,
Noel_Byrne (27382) 2014-03-21 12:51
A deep and rich history here, thanks of this fascinating note. It is these little intricate details that help make a place, and a photo so much more special. I find it amazing that the tomb of Romulus could be destroyed, but of course it was a different time. Brilliant timing in your capture here to include the bus in the view too.
Thanks as always
dip (23844) 2014-03-21 12:58
I can't see much of the church you write in the note,but therefore a beautiful and colorful street scene,
the church seems to be in renovation,
but your note is interesting and informative,
thanks for sharing,
carlo62 (38629) 2014-03-21 15:32
bel colpo, hai preso il bus con la scritta proprio nel punto giusto e nel momento giusto.
Molto originale come scatto, è dinamico e fantasioso.
emka (86391) 2014-03-21 23:55
Ciao Romano, How disappointed I am when I want tp see something, famous building, and it is closed for restoration and covered. Wrrrr, I become angry. But it is needed from time to time. And better if we can still see how the facade looks like. Nice view of the tourist in hop on op off tour. I prefer to use my legs, I never go with such a bus.
have a beautiful weekend
mirosu (15302) 2014-03-22 1:46
Superb arrangement, the combination of white church with the yellow sightseeing bus is perfect. I like your low angle viewpoint.
Very well done
Wish you a nice weekend.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-03-22 3:39
top marks for originality here. In a city that is full of architectural masterpieces this is a wonderfully contrasting and unique Roma image. I like it! Well done!
Enjoy the weekend - B.
Silvio1953 (130310) 2014-03-22 8:27
Ciao Romano, il bus giallo in primo piano domina la foto, curiosa la replica della facciata della chiesa in restauro, foto bella ed originale, bravo, ciao Silvio
SWEETFREEDOM (23460) 2014-03-22 12:30
bello il bus turistico in primo piano che irrompe sulla scena. interessante la descrizione della chiesa in ristrutturazione che si nasconde dietro al pannello pubblicitario.
jhm (144204) 2014-03-23 4:43
Two nice advertisements on one picture.
Upwards the big cloth and beneath the autobus with a lot reklame.
Colours and presentation make these picture atractive
Nice panorama view too.
Very well done, TFS
Have a nice Sunday,
ACL1978 (7511) 2014-03-23 7:33
Ciao Romano - what an odd image! It took me a momewnt to figure out what was happening, with the church face presented on this facade. The bus offers great contrast as well - it seems there's something much more interesting than a fake church up ahead though, given where all the tourists are looking!
tyro (22138) 2014-03-23 7:42
A fascinating note about this church and a delightful photograph to accompany it!
The presence of the bright yellow 'bus in the foreground - obviously for tourists with its "Hop on, Hop off" logo - holds the attention of the viewer before looking at the other interesting features and logos throughout the picture.
And a rather strange photograph it is too, at least part of it, I suspect, being a reflection in a large window. But the light and colours are delightful, the composition strong and appealing and the details and sharpness exquisite.
Cricri (111351) 2014-03-24 11:58
Un aperçu de l'église avec une note intéressante une vue différente de Rome, le bus de touriste juste devant l'église est très lumineux, le top être assis en haut et profiter de la capitale tout en prenant des photos
ikeharel (62879) 2014-03-31 8:48
Buona sera Romano,
I like the contrast between the yellow bus passing by, and the big poster cover and show how tyhe facade would look after the renovations are complete.
The bus gave extra dynamic scale upon, and superbly collected in clarity.
ourania (36366) 2014-03-31 10:54
la scena e' interessante, la tua composizione molto originale e realizzata con tanta abilta'. Superbo il grafismo urbano; forme, colori e parole combinati per un momento sfuggente e per un impatto fortissimo. Hai sfruttato la favorevole luce al massimo, catturando l' ottimo potenziale dei colori. Mi piace molto il senso di mozione e di transitorieta' sia nel passaggio del autobus sia nel aspetto attuale della chiesa. Complimenti e grazie!
Tanti saluti e buona serata,
claudeD (35441) 2014-04-01 1:53
very fine picture showing this new way to sponsor the resaturation works.Perfect sharpness and very fine colors. I like your idea here very much.TFS.
WIth regards from Luxembourg
- Copyright: Romano Lattanzi (Romano46) (18472)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-03-21
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Canon EOS 700D, Canon EF 28-135mm IS USM, HOYA 67mm HD Circular Polarize
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- Date Submitted: 2014-03-21 8:18