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Art and Architecture of Rome – A Renaissance Treasure

by aquinasandmore on January 4, 2010

One of the most well known neighborhoods in Rome is Trastevere, which houses the church of Santa Maria in Trastevere, one of the oldest churches in Rome. The neighborhood is also home to the Janiculum Hill, where people of the early renaissance thought that Saint Peter had been martyred. King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain built a chapel above the spot that legend had placed Saint Peter's crucifixion. This church, which is just a small, round structure is considered to be among the first renaissance projects in Rome. The architect, Bramante, built the chapel with perfect proportion, and used materials from ancient structures to give the classical appearance to the building. The building contains an upper chapel and a lower chapel, both of which contain images of Saint Peter and his crucifixion. Even though Saint Peter was actually martyred and buried on the Vatican Hill, this chapel is a must see for anyone who is walking through the Trastevere neighborhood. In fact, you could spend a day visiting this chapel, the Church of Saint Cecilia in Trastevere and the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere. These three churches help the neighborhood be one of the greatest jewels in Rome.

The answer to last week's blog is the Abbey of Rottenbuch.

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James January 12, 2010 at 6:37 pm

Ahh, the tempieto. The most perfect renaissance building.

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