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Basilica Di Santa Prassede
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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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“Not to be missed”
Reviewed 29 March 2014

This church is not on a lot of lists of major sites. However, it is stunning. The mosaics are incomparably lovely. Not a lot of tourists so a great place to sit and contemplate them. It is worth paying the euro or so to light them up as well.

Visited March 2014
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“Beautiful church”
Reviewed 26 March 2014

Beautiful ceiling. Do pay one euro to turn on the light at the little chapel. Amazing golden mosaic .

Visited April 2013
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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“A very unique and beautiful church”
Reviewed 21 March 2014

This church should be paired with seeing the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore which is a short block away. This basilica is on a side street but there are signs pointing to this place. It was built in 822 A.D. and considered to be the best Byzantine style mosaics in Rome. The Chapel of Zeno is covered with stunningly beautiful mosaics. In the same chapel is part of a column brought back from Jerusalem where Jesus was supposed to have been flogged. The basilica is open from 7-12 and then from 4-6:30. I have never seen a church with such beautiful Byzantine mosaics...highly recommend.

Visited March 2014
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St. Louis Metro
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“Beautiful Mosaics”
Reviewed 27 February 2014

The mosaics here are spectacular! Drop a Euro in the box to light up the side chapel and enjoy. Be sure to look out for Pope Paschal with his square halo (meaning he was still alive when the mosaic was done).

Visited February 2014
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Holmfirth, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful little church”
Reviewed 27 February 2014

Not always mentioned in the tour guides, this church is not to be missed. Hidden away down a side street off Via Merulana (opposite Santa Maria Maggiore) this little church is a real gem. Full of so many beautiful mosaics, especially the little chapel of Saint Zeno built as a mausoleum for Pope Paschal's mother, Theodora, its breathtakingly magnificent. Part of a column brought back from Jerusalem, allegedly the one to which Christ was bound and flogged is also here. In the central nave there is a round stone slab covering a well where St Prassede is said to have buried the remains of 2,000 martyrs. See also the bust of Monsignor Giovanni Battista Santoni carved by Bernini when he was a teenager.

Visited February 2014
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