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Santa Pudenziana

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Address: Via Urbana 160, Rome, Italy
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One of the first parish churches in Rome, this structure's chapel has been...

One of the first parish churches in Rome, this structure's chapel has been dated back to 140 AD, then converted to a regular church after tolerance was granted to Christians in the early fourth century.

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Ancient Church

One of the oldest churches in Rome, worth a visit if you are going to the nearby Santa Maria Maggiore. The church is below street level and very quiet. Mosaics date back to the... read more

Reviewed 22 August 2016
Craig P
Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Another Roman church with beautiful mosaics. It is close to Santa Maria Maggiore. This church is also interesting outside.

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Reviewed 22 August 2016

One of the oldest churches in Rome, worth a visit if you are going to the nearby Santa Maria Maggiore. The church is below street level and very quiet. Mosaics date back to the 4th century.

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Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

We were staying in the Hotel Viminale that backs directly onto this Church. It looked fantastic so was our choice for Mass on Sunday. When we looked up the history, it made the visit more special. However, what made it better was the Priests and congregation. This is the National Church for Filipinos and Mass was in Tagalog. Not a... More 

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Reviewed 9 June 2016 via mobile

Oldest church in Rome. 4th century. Peter's table on which he first celebrated the Eucharist in Rome (at Senator Pudens' home on which the church was built) is here and is located in the side chapel to the left of the apse.

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Reviewed 3 June 2016

A lovely, warm feeling envelops this basilica which is also the national church of the Philippines. The mosaic of "Christ the legislator" is unusual. This church is reputedly built on the site of an earlier house owned by Pudens - see 2 Tim 4:2 Eubulus sends greetings to you, as do Pudens and Linus and Claudia and all the brothers... More 

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Reviewed 1 March 2016

Supposed to be the oldest Christian church in Rome the 4th century mosaics take you back to ancient Rome.

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Reviewed 29 December 2015

Mosaics are one of the things I will travel hundreds of miles to see. Ravenna, for example, keeps me coming back time and again, and San Mineato al Monte in Florence is somewhere I just fell in love with. I love early Christian churches, love paleochristian stonework (The Vatican Museums has a fine collection unrivalled outside even Ravenna) and Mosaics.... More 

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Reviewed 25 November 2015

Actually, this place was built up in the 2nd Century; this building of the Church Santa Pudenziana was erected in the 4th Century. We are looking thus at more that 16 centuries of history.The main sight inside is the beautiful 4th century mosaic over the altar (see picture). Beside this mosaic, Santa Pudenzia has much to offer in decoration and... More 

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Reviewed 12 September 2015 via mobile

This church is below street level simply dir to its age as a 4th century church. It gives the visitor a more authentic view of what a Christian church was early on in Christianity. There are old mosaics and frescos that are original to the time. It is a good stop while visiting Santa Maria Maggiore

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Reviewed 20 July 2015

There is simplicity beneath all the fancy finery we put atop things. At the Vatican, far beneath the huge church there is the old pauper's cemetery outside of the ruins of the Circus of Caligula/Nero, and the simple grave of Peter. The same is true at 'St. Paul's Outside the Walls' where you can look doŵn throug plexiglass coverings in... More 

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