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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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  • Copyright: Lisa DP (delpeoples) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5103 W: 367 N: 10721] (52731)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2013-09-00
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2013-12-02 6:29
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