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Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri

  • Via Cernaia 9 Map It
  • Repubblica
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Published 06/07/2016

Fodor's Review

The curving brick facade on the northeast side of Piazza della Repubblica is one small remnant of the colossal Terme di Diocleziano, the largest and most impressive of the baths of ancient Rome. A gift to the city from Emperor Diocletian, the complex was completed in AD 306. In 1561 Michelangelo was commissioned to convert the vast frigidarium, the central hall of the baths, into a church. His work was later altered by Vanvitelli in the 18th century, but the huge transept, which formed the nave in Michelangelo's plan, has remained. The eight enormous monolithic columns of red granite that support the great beams are the original columns of the tepidarium, 45 feet high and more than 5 feet in diameter. The great hall is 92 feet high.

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Via Cernaia 9, Rome, Latium, 00185, Italy

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Published 06/07/2016


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