Sant'Anselmo all'Aventino

Sant'Anselmo all'Aventino, Rome

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Sant'Anselmo all'Aventino

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Neighbourhood: Aventine
Contrary to the chaos of the city, the Aventine is Rome’s oasis. A neighbourhood made up of a patchwork of ancient churches, hidden gardens, private homes and embassies, peace and quiet is top priority and the vibe definitely friends and family. Take a walk around the Aventine and you’ll find a treasure hunt of surprises like the clever little keyhole at the Knights of Malta entrance (the only place you’ll find a line) along with Parco Savello (Giardino degli Aranci) next to the ancient Santa Sabina church. Keep your eyes on the 1960s architecture, several modern buildings are built atop Rome’s original 4th century BC wall.
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39 reviews
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Monaco31,938 contributions
Relaxing place with a splendid view
Jul 2020 • Friends
Despite its appearance, it is not an ancient church, but it is certainly a beautiful church, located on the Aventine Hill, right next to the Piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta.
The Benedictine church was dedicated, in the early 1900s, to the holy archbishop of Canterbury, St Anselm.
The complex is one of the most impressive neo-Romanesque examples built in Rome towards the end of the nineteenth century.
It was commissioned by the Benedictine order who, accepting the invitation of Pope Leo XIII to revive Catholic studies, established the Benedictine international seminary.
The project was curated by the Belgian abbot Ildebrando de Hemptinne, primate of the order, assisted by the architect Francesco Vespignani.
The church was built between 1892 and 1900.
The access gate, framed by two columns, leads to a path through which you arrive in a four-sided portico, in the center of which there is the bronze statue of St. Anselm of Canterbury made by the Swiss sculptor Alberto Wider of Widnau.
The façade entirely covered with bricks, is adorned with three round windows and a triangular final tympanum.
The interior has three naves, separated by two rows of Ionic columns of polished gray granite and has a wooden trussed ceiling.
Under the high altar in white marble are the relics of St.Anselm
The apses are decorated with mosaics depicting Angels, and are the work of the German monk Radbodus Commandeur.
It is annexed to large buildings which house the Benedectine International College.
It is located next to the Giardino degli Aranci (the orange garden) where you have panoramic views across the historic centre.
Written 7 September 2020
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Russell S
Rome, Italy33 contributions
Maybe the best experience in Rome—Gregorian Chant at Vespers
Jun 2017 • Solo
Wander past the Roman forum to Aventino around 6pm. Walk up the hill and breathe the peacefulness. Just before the Dominican church is a park with stunning views of Rome. But head past that to the very top to the Benedictine monastery of Sant' Anselmo. Across from the church is the "secret" keyhole of the Knights of Malta with an amazing view of St. Peter's basilica. When I discovered this 4 or 5 years ago, no one else was there. This year I see lines all through the day of people waiting to glimpse into the keyhole!

That's fun, but the deep spiritual experience awaits in Sant' Anselmo itself. The church with its high wooden ceiling and mosaic floor has fantastic acoustics for chant, and the monks do not disappoint. I found this service as moving as the one I heard years ago. Beautiful call and responses from monks seated across each other behind the alter. Ensemble is not perfect and and there are slight intonation issues, but they sing chant very musically with care. Highly recommend!
Written 2 July 2017
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roma16 contributions
Peaceful and quiet
Jun 2016
This Roman Catholic curh is an evocative place located on one of the most beautiful part of Rome. During the Sunday mass you can enjoy the performance of Gregorian chant. Don't miss "Il Negozio Benedettino" where you can buy products made by the skilful hand of monks/nuns.
Written 8 September 2016
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Bangkok, Thailand2,816 contributions
Peaceful church, but not a spectacular "must"
Jul 2016 • Solo
No big reason to make a separate out-of-the-way visit to this church, but if you're in the area, it's a peaceful place. Nice small garden and entry. The wooden roof beams are the most noteworthy aspect of the architecture. Well known for Gregorian vespers chants. If in the neighborhood, stop by, especially if you can time to catch the vespers.
Written 24 July 2016
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Michaela V
Tauranga, New Zealand15 contributions
Gregorian chants
Jun 2016 • Couples
If you wish to hear authentic gregorian chants then head here. They have vespers at 7.15pm every evening. During the week it is not busy, but Sunday evenings can be. It was beautiful, peaceful, listening to about 30 priests and priests in training singing the gregorian chants. It is a plain and relatively new church, which means it doesn't take away from the mystique do listening.
Written 6 June 2016
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The Spanish Steps Apartment
Rome, Italy19,761 contributions
Simple and peaceful church on the Aventino
May 2016 • Friends
Wandered into this church, which apparently also has a monastery and college. It is located on the Knights of Malta Square on the Aventine Hill and named in honor of Saint Anselm of Canterbury. For Rome, this is a very recent addition, having been built in the 20th Century. It is rather plain, with a beautiful wooden roof, and a decorated apse. There is a modern sculpture of the saint in the courtyard. I've read that there are Gregorian chants used during Sunday evening Vespers, so I need to return to this church to attend a service some time.
Written 16 May 2016
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