I know, another church! Three churches (plus lunch) by 2pm our second day. We could only spend until 2pm in Trastevere because we had reserved tickets for Caravaggio at 3 o'clock. (Which was unbelievable but I will get to that later.)
The handy thing with these bigger churches is they are open all day unlike a lot of the little ones that close for three hours in the middle of the day. Santa Maria also has a great piazza, some beautiful chapels, and incredible mosaics both outside and in, that remind me a little of Saint Mark's in Venice but Byzantine.
Oh yes, and a miracle apparently happened there. Oil sprouted out of the ground when Jesus was born so a few hundred years later a Pope decided to build a church there. I don't think they met "oil" as in "crude oil" but I could be wrong. I might have missed something.
Santa Maria in Trastevere
Founded in the 3rd century
Built in the 4th
Repaired and rededicated in the 5th (during 410 sack of Rome)
Restoration in the 8th and additions in the 9th
Totally rebuilt in the 12th and additional mosaics in the 13th
New Chapel in the 16th
Restored facade in the 17th
When we walked in we could hear music ...
voices singing into the rafters ... candles lit ...
natural sunlight streaming through the stained glass windows ...
like going back in time ...
like entering another world ...
It adds that
magical glow to the world,
that I can never seem to get enough of.
I just love it.