Santa Prassede Tours

Not far from the Papal Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore is the little Santa Prassede, a 9th-century church with stunning mosaics inside.

The Basilica of Santa Prassede was started in the late 8th century (there’s an even older church dedicated to Santa Prassede underneath it) and completed in 822 AD. The saint entombed here, Santa Prassede (or Saint Praxedes), was the daughter of the first Roman who St. Peter converted to Christianity.

The mosaics on the interior of the church are Byzantine, dating from the early 9th century, and are reminiscent of those in Venice’s St. Mark’s Basilica and the churches of Ravenna. They’re dazzling in gold and bright colors.

Among the other things to see inside the church is a bust for a tomb that was sculpted by Bernini when he was only 17 years old, and the original crypt near the altar. This is where the bones of Saint Praxedes (and her sister, Saint Pudenziana) were placed when the church was completed. There is also a reliquary containing what is said to be a piece of the pillar on which Jesus was flogged before being crucified.

Practical Info

The main entrance of the church on Via di San Martino ai Monti is not the original facade, but entering through the main door allows you to see the original 9th-century facade that is now contained inside a little courtyard.
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Address: Via di Santa Prassede 9, Rome, Lazio 00184, Italy
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Hours: 7:30am-12pm, 4-6:30pm
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Passion of Christ Walking Tour

View items related to the passion and death of Jesus Christ during this 3-hour tour in Rome. Visit the Basilica of St Mary Major to see fragments of the wood from the manger where Jesus was born and explore San Prassede, which features pieces of the pillar upon which Christ was flogged. At the Basilica of Santa Croce, see fragments of the true cross and a nail of the crucifixion. Along the tour, learn about the history of these sacred religious objects from your guide. All entrance fees are included.
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Churches of Rome Small-Group Tour: Maria Maggiore, Santa Pudenziana, and Basilica di Santa Prassede

Visit one of Rome's most important churches, plus two lesser-known basilicas, on this 2-hour walking tour. With a guide, you'll start at Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, a papal basilica and UNESCO World Heritage site. Then continue to nearby Santa Pudenziana and the Basilica di Santa Prassede. During your tour, enjoy the chance to see historical art and architecture, and learn about the history of the churches, which dates as far back as the 4th century.
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Monti & Esquilino Food Wine and Sightseeing Tour of Rome

Get the most of a stroll through Monti and Esquilino by traveling with a guide. You'll get off the beaten path and explore neighborhoods that many tourists don't visit in Rome, focusing on the food and wine options available there. Sample food at several traditional Roman restaurants and visit local historical landmarks and sites.
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Early Christian Women Tour

The first few centuries of Christianity was severely persecuted by the Roman Empire.  A cult of the martyrs and saints grew to venerate the heroic testimonies of the men, women & children who gave their lives, often after extreme torture, rather than deny their faith.  This tour visits some of the places associated with some of the women of this early period of Christianity in Rome and explains the influence they had on Early Christianity. This tour is a 2 hour easy walking tour which visits the Papal Basilica of St Mary Major and the relics of Christ's crib from Bethlehem, the world famous Icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Succour, the Basilica of Santa Prassede and the pillar on which Christ was scourged, the Church of Santa Prudenza and the square of Santa Maria dei Monti.Our expert guides have masters level qualifications in either philosophy, theology, art history or archaeology, are mother tongue English speakers and are great fun.
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Historic Churches of Rome plus Skip-the-Line Vatican Ticket

See and learn about the largest and most important churches in Rome's majestic city centre on this fully private and exclusive walking tour! Historic Churches of Rome plus Skip-the-Line Vatican Ticket will take you back to Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque Rome inside five magnificent buildings which most tourists rarely see. Time spent with your local expert guide is approximately 3 hours. After your fully private tour experience, you will be given priority access, skip-the-line tickets into the famous Vatican Museums for the self-guided portion. Recommended time inside the Vatican Museums c. 2 hours.
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