Christian Rome, the basilicas: San Pietro in vincoli, Santa Maria Maggiore; Santa Prassede

S.Pietro in Vincoli, S.Maria Maggiore, and S.Prassede are three of the most beautiful churches of Rome. There are treasures preserved in each one. Inside S.Pietro in Vincoli are the chains used when S.Peter was in the Roman prison. Also, it is the home of the famous Statue of Moses by Michelangelo. S. Maria Maggiore is the first major basilica in Rome ever built in the Western World to the Virgin Mary. The tallest bell tower in Rome is here along with V and IX century mosaics. The first gold coming from America is in the incredible coffered ceiling. Finally, there is the humble tomb of Gian Lorenzo Bernini, a major Baroque genius in Rome. S. Prassede is a little jewel for Medieval art in Rome. The Apocalypse is represented in the incredible complexity of the IX century mosaics. The Byzantine decorations of S.Zenon Chapel is a must-see, along with the burial place of Pope Pascal I's mother. Also, located here is the preserved relic of the column of the martyrdom of Jesus.

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