churches of rome


Markus Brunetti, from his Façades series (from top):

  • Cortegaça, Paróquia de Santa Marinha
  • Pisa, Duomo di Santa Maria Assunta
  • Orvieto, Duomo di Santa Maria Assunta
  • Köln, Hohe Domkirche St. Petrus; Ulm, Münster
  • Salisbury, Cathedral
  • Roma, Basilica San Giovanni in Laterano
  • Piazzola sul Brenta, Duomo
  • Laon, Cathédrale Notre-Dame
  • L’Aquila, Basilica di Santa Maria di Collemaggio

The station church for the Thursday of the Second Week of Lent is S. Maria in Trastevere (c. 340). One of the oldest churches in the city, it may be the first where Mass was celebrated publicly after the legalization of Christianity in 313. (The first sanctuary on the site was constructed in 221.) The Ionic capitals in the nave were taken from the Baths of Caracalla and the Temple of Isis on the Janiculum. The mosaics on the facade and in the apse are from the 12th and 13th centuries.

Pretty little 16th century octagonal church right next to Trajan’s Column.

Santa Maria di Loreto, Rome, Italy