This is the church of Santa Maria in Trastevere, and is probably one of the most beautiful churches I have seen. The district of Trastevere in Rome was known as Trans Tiberum - beyond the Tiber River. It is one of Rome's oldest and most characteristic and historic districts. Originally occupied by the Etruscans, it then came under Roman rule and in those early days became a melting pot of religions and races. It is the site of the oldest synagogue in Rome and until the Middle Ages had a very large Jewish community. The church of Santa Maria is one of the oldest in Rome, being the likely place where the first Mass was openly celebrated around 340AD. The first sanctuary was built on this site in 227AD and the basic floor plan you see today was in place in 340AD.
I am grateful to Valter, Vinicio, Giorgio, Salvatore and Emilio with whom I spent a wonderful day in the Eternal City. Un abbraccio affettuoso.
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KristinsCamera (2373) 2013-12-02 6:36
gorgeous, lisa ~ you got so much into a single frame!
the mosaics remind me of a church in ravenna, stunning ~ a biblio del popolo, we were told ~ visual stories for the illiterate masses.
lovely rich tones and nicely lit. beautiful!
i'm envious of your trip :)
emilbo (22616) 2013-12-02 6:37
Quel bel intérieur et bien conservé pour le temps. C'est vraiment fantastique et tu nous le montres bien accompagné d'une excellente note. Une photo agréable à regarder et on n'a pas les yeux assez grands pour tout voir.
Bravo!… et toutes mes amitiés,
dkmurphys (54499) 2013-12-02 7:14
Amazing interior, indeed one of the most beautiful churches of Europe.
Well taken, have a great week.
SnapRJW (31629) 2013-12-02 8:34
Hello Lisa - No exif data on this one and I'd love to know how you managed to get such fantastic detail in the rich decoration. The colours and layers of illustrations are incredible and for those who were not allowed access to the Bible the pictures must have been like a child's story book bringing to life that which they heard. You would have a job prizing me out of this place. Magnificent and a real pleasure to see, each little detail is worth studying. Warm regards Rosemary
lousat (85018) 2013-12-02 8:49
Ciao Lisa,prospettiva avvolgente e qualita' dei dettagli e dei colori davvero brillantissima,non era facile,grande interno molto ricco e artisticamente impeccabile.Complimenti e buona serata,Luciano
williewhistler (15813) 2013-12-02 9:13
your super,large edition more than fills my screen with the most exquisite details of this beautiful church.
Your exposure settings have as usual been well chosen in producing this breathtaking shot.
It`s such a lovely,lovely photograph,very well done.
Kindest wishes Les.
ChrisJ (107157) 2013-12-02 10:16
A good result for such difficult & uneven lighting conditions. I might have dodged the bottom right corner. Good sharpness and an amazing array of artwork and religious imagery. Excellent sharpness and attractive warm colors. Tfs!
Noel_Byrne (28176) 2013-12-02 11:19
I love the titles you choose for your captures, always so perfectly full of mood and emotion and drama, and always so fitting for the images.
What a display this is, the tones of gold and every other color known to man are absolutely stunning, reverential almost which makes me understand why these kinds of decorations were chosen. I live in the modern world and am awed at the sight of this, so I can only imagine how people from way back then would have felt, its like the glory of God pained on the walls.
You framed it perfectly with the archway too, capturing to much detail. Every element is pin sharp. I could sit and study this for hours. In fact, I may just do that. Beautiful work,
have a great week!
Gigidusud (18791) 2013-12-02 11:30
Ciao cara Lisa,
Meraviglioso interno di questa chiesa ben catturato con splendida luce e splendidi dettagli. Veramente un capolavoro sia per la nittidezza che l'inquadratura. Bravissima!
janneman (2726) 2013-12-02 11:46
Years ago I visited this church and it's interior was all scaffolded.
Thank you for sharing what I could not see that day.
Love te bright intense colours!
rbassin (21046) 2013-12-02 11:50
une magnifique photo, la qualité de la lumière et des peintures sont remarquables.
C'est du bon travail, belle présentation.
ktanska (26359) 2013-12-02 13:28
Amazing church interior full of these ancient paintings. Certainly a place where history and religion becone alive. Wide angle is certainly a must here. The place seems to be better lit than most church interiors.
carlo62 (41323) 2013-12-02 13:30
una chiesa molto bella, come lo scatto che hai effettuato.
Eccellente esposizione, sono veramente molti i dettagli da osservare e da apprezzare.
Un grosso saluto
jcpix (13846) 2013-12-02 19:04
Howdy fellow cohort,
An image worthy of Kind Midas's envy, full of goooooold! :) I have a feeling this would also make Donald Trump a bit jealous also...but I'm sure he would probably spend most of his time trying to find a likeness of himself somewhere within these paintings.
Exquisite beauty from top to bottom, you've really done a fantastic job conveying the grandeur and detail of this cathedral. The light is amazingly smooth for an interior shot like this, my compliments on an outstanding exposure and final result! Ornate beauty from the past, and present (a.k.a., the photog herself. :)) Nice work. See, I can keep it clean! lol
adidas5nb (5743) 2013-12-02 21:32
great shot of the interiors of this famous church.love the pov and the light management.you have captured the details so nicely.
thanks for sharing.
jjcordier (79289) 2013-12-02 23:20
Remarquable photo de l'intérieur de cette église de Rome aux magnifiques peintures murales.
papagolf21 (93230) 2013-12-03 2:45
Bonjour, chère Lisa,
Oh ! un grand oh d'admiration pour cette superbe présentation.
Tous les atouts sont présents pour bénéficier d'une image de qualité.
Un pur régal, je suis admiratif.
ikeharel (65269) 2013-12-03 5:01
Managed to show the best of the dome, Lisa.
The art elements painted looks almost as I remember when stood there and watched - perfect light setting, the golden tone prevailed magnificenty.
Sergiom (70678) 2013-12-03 5:25
It is weird because I just finished reading the book of Dan Brown " Angels and demons" were the hero has to find churches i Rome where cardinals will be killed. The author was describing so vividly the art work in each churches with such details taht we don't look at normaly.
Here the church is simply superb.You managed the light with great talent.
Have a nice day
photoray (13725) 2013-12-03 5:41
Howdy SPQR Lisa,
I must agree, your interior view of Santa Maria, reveals one of the most beautiful art masterpieces of the classical world. The intricate and textured multiple paintings every inch of the wall and ceiling are eye and mind boggling.
Your sharing helps me see what I can not visit in person, but some day...........
Keep up the fine art image works,
timecapturer (49288) 2013-12-03 5:52
this is glorious! Such an accomplished execution with amazing detail and clarity with all of the beauty of this interior so discernible. Must be wonderful to gaze on this first hand because this capture is breath-taking so up close and personal it must be stunning!
Silvio1953 (133860) 2013-12-03 5:53
Ciao Lisa, fantastico interno, ottima nitidezza, splendida luce e magnifici dettagli, mi dispiace ancora di non aver potuto partecipare, mi consolo un po' vedendo le tue belle foto, bravissima, un abbraccio Silvio
tyro (23020) 2013-12-03 9:11
Ciao cara Lisa,
What a wonderfully interesting and informative note - and what a fabulous photograph!
Your photograph is stunning to say the least. Of course, you had a wonderful subject, but the lighting here is amazing and all those glorious paintings on the walls and vaulted roof appear to glow. The colours, light and exposure are all perfect and the details and sharpness exquisite.
You don't quote your exif data here (something I love to study because of my obsessive nature!) so I'm not sure if you used either flash or a tripod here though I rather suspect that neither might be permitted in such a wonderful place as this.
sabermonajati (10885) 2013-12-03 10:23
wonderful view you captured from under dome.
macjake (63232) 2013-12-03 12:59
back to Rome we go!
Well, I know you've seen alot of churches and cathedrals in your travels...so when you say its one of the most beautiful you've seen I'll take your word for it!
I'm always in almost disbelief when I see these in person. We don't have much in this style of architecture over here in North America, so when i go to Europe and see this it just blows me away.
But I also agree with your comment you made a long time ago, that seeing these cathedrals and churches - less is often more if you know what i mean.
lots to see here, lots to appreciate and admire. love the vertical compo - its my favorite format, even if Tosca hates it :)
Royaldevon (34773) 2013-12-03 13:05
Ciao Cara Lisa,
This is a super post.
The vertical format seems to go on forever!
The colours and the details are excellent.
It reminds me so much of the illustrated manuscripts that were done by monks many centuries ago; so much gold leaf!
I love the Lamb of God, with a halo!
My warm regards,
Angshu (56740) 2013-12-03 20:12
I don't seem to know about this church...but of course I am only a tourist unlike you :-)
But this picture makes me wish strongly to visit here if at all I happen to be in Rome..
Fasnivating mosaic & the richness you have captured in one frame is amazing. As I see the details of the artwork & tend to compare them with the golden mosaics I saw in Istanbul, I see a distinct diffeernce in the art style...the ones in Turkey were largely done by Georgian artists..
Excellent picture & thanks to your steel hands alone I guess this time ;-)
mirosu (15878) 2013-12-03 23:55
A greater view of the inner church dome and close enough to savor the marvellous details and excellently focused for maximum sharpness. The vertical layout is fine and the light is perfect. I am attracted by the excellently balanced colors. The golden ceiling with the painting breaks up the appearance nicely as main focal point. Indeed a perfect interior photo, well done.
olive224 (2719) 2013-12-04 5:41
Great church inside shot, always very difficult to realise, especially the framing
You did well ;)
Mics (892) 2013-12-04 21:13
Gorgeous, golden shot! Nice light management and you were able to capture plenty of details without sacrificing quality. Beautiful!
rigoletto (34279) 2013-12-05 4:58
hi lisa. you might consider me one of the most stupid tourists ever, because even though visiting rome twice (and for a total of 3 weeks) i always missed trastevere, always finding a reason to prefer other attractions. but next time, i will definitely book a hotel at the heart of trastevere, focusing on "the other side of tevere", and will start my tour visiting st. maria. this one looks gorgeous, and yes, so old. the mosaic figures strongly resemble the ones in the byzantium churches of istanbul, dating back to 3rd or 4th centuries. the renaissance figures at the bottom are the proofs of the wide span of time this church endured. fantastic documentation.
mkamionka (33695) 2013-12-05 8:32
From Trastevere I just remember plenty of small restaurants with great food. But may be I have been in the church as well... I definitely have to go back there to refresh my memory.
Beautiful interior -so rich and full of gold. The paintings are so full of symbolism. Focusing on this rich fragment made it probably much more impressive and eye catching.
fabbs99 (17129) 2013-12-06 18:52
Namaste Dear ! I like the colorful interiors of this Church.The frescoes are really very impressive.Fascinating composition with great exposure, splendid light and wonderful warm colors.Keep sharing.TFS.
Sonata11 (33717) 2013-12-06 20:22
Hello dear Lisa,
very beautiful composition of this magnificent interior. Wonderfully composed with great light, colors, sharpness, clarity. Beautiful work.
Best regards and have a great weekend, Barbara
danos (92654) 2013-12-07 0:25
nice the view as the presentation of the interior of the church of Santa Maria in Trastevere,with the rich painting on the walls to make the image so beautiful and unique as from the quality of the scene we can see a lot of details of them.
Romano46 (18472) 2013-12-07 6:46
con questa foto mi sembra di giocare in casa.
I mosaici della più bella e famosa chiesa di Trastevere sono uno dei miei soggetti preferiti, ma la luce non è sempre delle migliori e senza mezzi tecnici adeguati il risultato non è scontato.
Hai fatto miracoli per riprendere questa bella scena, ed il risultato alla fine è più che buono, ma i tuoi amici del sito italiano che ospita anche moltissime mie fotografie, che anche io conosco, se non di persona, quantomeno di nome ed anche in foto, avrebbero dovuto avere l'accortezza di informarti che quella non era l'ora migliore per fotografare la chiesa e le sue bellezze.
Posso solo immaginare cosa avresti potuto fare con la tua splendida attrezzatura in un momento di luce favorevole.
Ti abbraccio e ti auguro un felice week end
krzychu30 (15510) 2013-12-07 8:57
I can only envy you so magnificent picture and...great meeting with our TE-friends!
That´s really a great view on Rome´s architecture.Superb interior shot-full of beautiful details we can enjoy here in so good quality.I think it´s one of many churches I have missed on all my visits to the Eternal City.The more it hurts:)to read it´s also one of the most beautiful you have ever seen.
Wish You a nice sunday
ourania (39016) 2013-12-07 12:55
Ciao cara Lisa,
spero che stia bene. La tua foto e' splendida, attira l' interesse immediatamente con le tonalita' dorate e calorose e con l' inquadratura elegante che esalta sia l' architettura che l' arte religiosa. La chiarezza e la nitidezza sono stupende, possiamo godere tantissimi dettagli nelle scene religiose e nell' arte pittorica. Mi piace molto anche la graduazione constante della luce che ci fa' accorgerre dello spazio e rende la nostra esperienza ancora piu' gradevole. La combinazione di stili diversi viene davvero apprezzata e mi affascina. Complimenti e grazie!
Tanti saluti e tutto il meglio,
COSTANTINO (61447) 2013-12-07 22:32
amazing capture with a manificen decorated interior
the lighting is fantastic because in my opinion
it is a very difficult shot
magnificent and a real pleasure to see
such a place
your notes are very useful about this church of Santa Maria in Trastevere and I agree that this church
is one of the most beautiful curches
the exposure is well chosen
have a nice day
siudzi (34141) 2013-12-08 4:00
Unfortunately, I was not able to see this amazing basilica inside when I was in Rome in April. It looks truly spectacular with all these fantastic paintings and mosaics on the walls. You did a great presentation here with perfectly executed sharpness and exposure. Bravo!
abmdsudi (48830) 2013-12-11 6:48
A fine interior shot with immense details in natural warm tones. The pov has greatly accentuated its depth and height to greatest effect, so pin sharp throughout and efficiently exposed. An image to be proud off and your seamless touch is remarkable. Congrats
emka (89461) 2013-12-11 14:08
Ciao cars Lisa,
What wonderful memories brings me this photo. I was also there with Vinicio, Giorgio, and afew other friends. although I was only two days in Rome this February, i preferred to visit lwss visited places in Rome, so we went to Ghetto and Trastevere. You managed to show this beautiful church wonderfully. The golden mosaics are similar to those from Ravenna. Stunning colours and sharpness allow to admire all details.
divail (8334) 2013-12-24 19:33
C'est vrai que cette église est vraiment magnifique. Je l'ai visitée l'année dernière, et votre photo nous montre une magnifique sélection de ces fresques colorées. Je vous souhaite une très belle journée de Noël.