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Mosaic Art Splendor

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 Tour highlights

Visit the Basilica of St. Peter's in chains (Statue of Michelangelo's Moses) - Trajan's Baths - Basilica of St. Praxedes - Basilica of St. Pudentiana - Basilica of St. Mary Major.


 Tour information

Tour Code & Name: RW/07 - Mosaic Art Splendor

Duration: 3 hours approximately

Meeting Point: Metro line B stop "Colosseo"

Departure Time: 9:00

Operating days: all year round but Sundays and religious holidays.

For 2010  the religious Holidays are: January 1, 6, February 11, March 19, April 5, May 1, June 29, August 14, November 1, December 8, 25.

Handicapped Visitors: itinerary feasible with wheelchair

Transportation: entirely walking tour

Entrance Fees: none

Languages availability: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian. Other languages on demand.

Dress Code: entrance to the Churches requires appropriate attire: covered shoulders, long or short sleeves (no sleeveless arms), long trousers for gentlemen and skirts or trousers, long enough to cover their knees, for ladies.

Booking: tours should be booked at least 15 days prior to your scheduled arrival. Anyhow you may always send us an e-mail at any time and we will make all the efforts to meet your requirements.


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 Itinerary description

Conducted by a licensed tour guide, visit the 5th century Basilica of St. Peter's in chains, where is the famous statue of Moses.

Michelangelo had sculptured this statue (1514-1516) in Carrara marble as one of the forty which had to decorate the monumental tomb he had designed for Pope Julius II. 

The statue has an outstanding artistic value: the marble has been worked so perfectly to give a magnificent anatomic and realistic perfection. So realistic that Moses seems alive and angry. Michelangelo striking it with a chisel asked it "why don't you speak to me".

Leaving the church continue to the visit of the Basilica of St. Pudentiana, built over the house of Pudens, a 1st c. A.D. Roman senator, who, according to tradition, housed St. Peter.  After becoming a bath house, in the 4th c. a church was built here: the Ecclesia Pudentiana (Church of Pudens).  See the 4th c. splendid mosaic in the apse.

Visit then the 5th century Basilica of St. Prassede. In the right aisle visit the splendid St. Zeno's Chapel. It is the mausoleum of Theodora Episcopa, mother of Pope St. Pascal I (817-824), who built it. The interior decoration in mosaics recalls those of Ravenna and Palermo, and it is called Paradise garden.

In front of this chapel, on the pillar near the main altar, there is the tomb of Monsignor G.B. Santoni (died 1592), first G.L. Bernini's work.

Of outstanding beauty are the mosaics decorating the triumphal arch, the arch around the apse and the apse itself; they are contemporary (9th century) to the ones of St. Zeno's Chapel. They are of the time of Pope Pascal I, who is represented with a square nimbus, as he was still alive when they were accomplished.

At 100 m. from this church, in St. Mary Major Square, was erected in the 17th century a 4th century roman column to settle upon a bronze statue of St. Mary, melt by French Guillaume BerthÚlot.

The Basilica of St. Mary Major is the largest church of Rome consecrated to St. Mary. It was built in the 5th century by order of Pope Sixtus III to commemorate the promulgation of the Theot˛cos Dogma (Mary Mother of God) in Ephesus (431 A.D).

The church fašade is in late Baroque style in the 18th century. Through the three superior arches, in their interior, we will see splendid 13th century mosaics.

The church interior is divided by 5th C. marble columns in a nave and two side aisles. The nave is decorated by a splendid 13th century cosmatesque mosaic. The wood carved ceiling was decorated at the beginning of 16th century with the first gold transported to Europe from Peru by Christopher Columbus.

A magnificent 13th century mosaic depicting The Coronation of St. Mary by Christ decorates the apse.

Under the altar is a reliquary containing a fragment of the Holy Manger of Bethlehem (this according to the traditions).


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