Saturday, August 4, 2012

Santa Maria In Via Lata

Santa Maria in Via Lata, located in the centre of Rome, is the medieval name for Via del Corso, built over an old deaconry, on the remains of buildings from Hadrian's epoch and a 1st century monumental portico.

According to legend, the church stands on a site where Saints Peter and Paul and the Evangelists Luke and John stayed. Most important of these traditions is the one claiming that Saint Paul lived there. It is claimed that Saint Paul spent 2 years in this location, in the crypt next to the church, when he was in house arrest waiting for his trial. In 1049 the upper church was built and then it was rebuilt in 1491 to be larger, being consecrated in 1506. 

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