Santa Maria in Trastevere

Attractions, Religious buildings and sites
Santa Maria in Trastevere
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This stunning church, with its welcoming portico and façade with shimmering 13th-century mosaics, overlooks the traffic-free piazza of the same name.

This stunning church, with its welcoming portico and façade with shimmering 13th-century mosaics, overlooks the traffic-free piazza of the same name. Santa Maria is the heart and soul of Trastevere. According to legend, a well of oil sprang miraculously from the ground where the church now stands the moment Christ was born, and flowed to the Tiber all day. A small street leading out of the piazza, via della Fonte dell’Olio, commemorates this. The façade we see today was designed by Carlo Fontana in 1692, but the mosaics pre-date it by four centuries: they show Mary breastfeeding Christ on a solid gold background. 

By: Time Out editors

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Venue name: Santa Maria in Trastevere
Contact:
Address: Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere
Rome
00153 Roma RM
Opening hours: 7.30am-9pm daily.
Transport: Tram 3 or Tram 8
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