Friday, June 13, 2014

Santa Pudenziana

where: Via Urbana, 160
getting there: short walk from the termini train station
open: closed Mondays, Tuesday to Saturday 9:00-12:00 & 15:00-18:00

Not far from Santa Maria Maggiore and behind the Via Cavour on Via Urbana is the church of Santa Pudenziana.
A church was first built on this site and dated to the 4th century but in 1588 it was rebuilt.
On the facade are murals by Antonio Manno and Pietro Gagliardi from an 1870 restoration which replaced the damaged fresco by il Pomerancio.
The apse mosaic dates from 390 and is thought to be the oldest mosaic in Rome. A few coins can be inserted to light the apse in the box near the sacristy.
At the high altar are three paintings by Bernardino Nocchi that date from 1803 and the dome fresco and pendantives were by il Pomerancio depicting the Angel and Saints.
On the counterfacade, above main entrance on the right is St Augustine of Hippo by Giacinto Gimignani and on the left wall showing the Baptism of Saint Prudens is a fresco by Avanzino Nucci.
In the enclosed chapel of Saint Augustine on the right is the Assumption by Ludovico Gimignani.
In the Chapel of the Crucifix there is a Guardian Angel by Antiveduto Grammatica and in the Chapel Our Lady of Mercy are the canvases of the Nativity of the Madonna and the Nativity of Christ by Lazzaro Baldi who also frescoed the walls and lunettes.

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