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Typology: Streets and squares

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Address: Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere
Zone: Rione Trastevere (Gianicolo) (Roma centro)
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Description

The heart of Trastevere. Apart from the old buildings that overlook the square, among which is the monumental 17th century Palazzo San Callisto (1613) belonging to the Holy See, there are two elements that embellish it: the fountain and the Church.  The octagonal fountain was built in 1692 and designed by Carlo Fontana and afterward decorated and restored in the 19th century without undergoing notable changes. The fountain is considered the oldest of Rome because it was built on the same spot where, since the age of Augustus, there had been a fountain. The Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere, founded by San Callixtus (221-227), was the first Church officially opened for worship. It was rebuilt around 1140. The 13th century Romanesque bell tower and the façade decorated with mosaics were probably restored by Cavallini (12th century) by the will of Innocent II.

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Last checked: 2010-07-12 4:31