Chiesa di Sant’Anselmo all’Aventino - Rome


The chiesa di Sant’Anselmo all’Aventino is a church in the Cavalieri di Malta square. The attached abbey is called Badia Primaziale (Primatial Abbey) of the order of Saint Benedict since it is the residence of the order's senior abbot, the Abbot Primate. Although built in a neo-romantic style, the church was in fact designed by Francesco Vespignani between 1892 and 1896. It is built on the ruins of an ancient 2nd - 3rd century Roman house, which incidentally is still preserved under the church. From this domus comes a mosaic showing the myth of Orpheus, now in the monastery. The chiesa di Sant’Anselmo all’Aventino consists of three naves, divided by granite columns. The ceiling is a truss and the apse is covered by a mosaic. The crypt is made of five naves. Nowadays, the church is known among Romans for its Gregorian singers, who perform chants each week during Sunday mass.

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Address : Piazza San Anselmo 153 Rome Italy

Subway : Metro B : Circo Massimo

Bus : Bus : 23, 280, 716

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