Roman Forum - Santa Francesca Romana, Rome

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    Santa Francesca Romana

    by MM212 Updated May 16, 2009

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    Dating back to the 10th century, la Basilica di Santa Francesca Romana (Frances of Rome) was originally called Santa Maria Nova. It is one of several churches located in the Roman Forum. The Romanesque tower and the beautiful mosaics covering the apse were a 13th century addition. The recently restored Neoclassical façade of the basilica was designed by Carlo Lambardi and completed in 1615.

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    by doug48 Updated Jul 26, 2006

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    this church was founded in the 15th century by a society of pious women dedicated to helping the poor. inside the church is a stone which said to have the imprints of the knees of st. peter and st. paul. in the foreground of the picture are the columns of the temple of venus.

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    Church of Santa Francesca Romana

    by Mikebb Updated Apr 11, 2006

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    This church is one of the oldest in Rome and was built in the second half of the 10th century.It is situated inside the Roman Forum and is surmounted by a lovely Romanesque-style bell tower.
    We walked into the Roman Forum on a Sunday morning after visiting the Coliseum, it is only 5 minutes walk. We went to see the Church but could not get entry as a large wedding had taken place and the bride and groom were having photos. It was interesting to see the strong family gathering with children of all ages in their best clothes. We thought it was good to see such an historic church being used by the community.

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    Santa Francesca Romana

    by Willettsworld Written Jul 29, 2005

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    When the Santa Maria Antiqua in the Forum Romanum had fallen into disuse by the 10th century, and consequently disrepair, this church was built. An oratory dedicated to Sts Peter and Paul stood on the site earlier. The church is built on the foundations of the ancient temple of Venus and Rome. It was called Santa Maria Nuova, New St Mary's.

    It was destroyed by fire at some time before or during the pontificate of Honorius III (1216-1227), and was rebuilt by that pope. The Romanesque campanile is from the 11th century.

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    by martin_nl Written May 22, 2003

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    The most important piece in this nice church is a stone with the imprints of the knees of Peter and Paul. Legend has it that a magician Simon Magus, wanted to prove that he was more powerful than the two apostels. When the magician was floating in the air, Peter and Paul fell on their knees and prayed to God to show who was the most powerful. Simon fell on the ground and died.

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    Saddle Between Capitoline and Palatine

    by mrclay2000 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    The 11th century Santa Maria Nova and campanile offer one of the most wonderful church facades in a city of relatively plain church facades, but given its position in the Forum amid so much of Rome's ancient wonders, especially with the Coliseum beckoning in the distance, the church sadly attracts comparatively little notice.

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    by janchan Written Aug 24, 2002

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    The church of Santa Francesca Romana, 200 meters from the Colosseum, with its romanesque style steeple. It was built in XV century.

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