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8 Churches to explore in Lazio

Lazio

Lazio is one of the 20 administrative regions of Italy. Situated in the central peninsular section of the country, it has 5,864,321 inhabitants – making it the second most populated region of Italy – and its GDP of more than €197 billion per year means that it has the nation's second-largest regional economy. The capital of Lazio is Rome, which is also the capital and largest city of Italy.

Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli
Basilica di San Pietro in VincoliPiazza di San Pietro in Vincoli, 4/a, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

San Pietro in Vincoli is a Roman Catholic titular church and minor basilica in Rome. It was built during the fifth century to house the relic of Saint Peter’s chains when he was imprisoned in Jerusalem. The church is also renowned because it houses Michelangelo’s statue of Moses. Pilgrims and art lovers flock to this 5th-century basilica for two reasons: to marvel at Michelangelo's colossal Moses sculpture and to see the chains that are said to have bound St Peter when he was imprisoned in the C

Basilica of Our Lady in Trastevere
Basilica of Our Lady in TrasteverePiazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere, 00153 Roma RM, Italy

The Basilica of Our Lady in Trastevere is one of the oldest churches still standing in Rome. However, the majority of the building as we see it today was erected later, in the twelfth century AD. The inscription on the episcopal throne states that this is the first church in Rome dedicated to Mary, mother of Jesus. The church has large areas of important mosaics from the late 13th century by Pietro Cavallini.

Basilica Papale San Paolo fuori le Mura
Basilica Papale San Paolo fuori le MuraPiazzale San Paolo, 1, 00146 Roma RM, Italy

The largest church in Rome after St Peter’s, this vast basilica stands on the site where St Paul was buried after being decapitated in AD 67. The basilica is within Italian territory and not the territory of the Vatican City State. The interior of the Basilica of St. Paul is magnificent, with enormous marble columns and beautiful gold mosaics. On the basilica’s walls, visitors will be able to observe the portraits of each of the popes, while a ray of sunlight lights up the portrait of the curren

Sant'Agnese in Agone
Sant'Agnese in AgoneVia di Santa Maria dell'Anima, 30/A, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

The fanciful church of Sant'Agnese in Agone is a Baroque blend of masters. The powerful Pamphili family built the structure on the site of an earlier medieval church, to display their prestige. Fronting the grand piazza, it's an impressive church and unmistakable. The church is a titular deaconry, with Gerhard Ludwig Müller being the current Cardinal-Deacon. As well as religious services, the church hosts regular classical concerts in the Borromini Sacristy, from sacred Baroque works to chamber

Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri
Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei MartiriPiazza della Repubblica, 00185 Roma RM, Italy

The Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels and the Martyrs, is a unique 16th century church with a long and fascinating history. The basilica is dedicated to the Christian martyrs, known and unknown. By a brief dated 27 July 1561, Pius IV ordered the church "built", to be dedicated to the Beatissimae Virgini et omnium Angelorum et Martyrum. The entire site is truly incredible. You come face to face with the best of the Renaissance and the might of Ancient Rome.

St Maria Sopra Minerva Basilica
St Maria Sopra Minerva BasilicaPiazza della Minerva, 42, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

The basilica of Santa Maria sopra Minerva is a basilica in Rome located in the Pigna district, in Piazza della Minerva, near the Pantheon. The basilica also houses the remains of Catherine of Siena, proclaimed Doctor of the Church in 1970, and of the mystical painter Beato Angelico, proclaimed "Universal Patron of Artists" in 1984, as well as a valuable fresco by Melozzo da Forlì.

St. Clement Basilica
St. Clement BasilicaVia Labicana, 95, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

St. Clement Basilica is a minor basilica dedicated to Pope Clement I. This church is remarkable because archaeologically, it records the history of Rome from the beginning of Christianity up until the Middle Ages. This ancient church was transformed over the centuries from a private home and site of clandestine Christian worship in the first century to a grand public basilica by the 6th century, reflecting the emerging Roman Catholic Church's growing legitimacy and power.

Trinità dei Monti
Trinità dei MontiPiazza della Trinità dei Monti, 3, 00187 Roma RM, Italy

Santissima Trinità dei Monti is a 16th century convent and titular church at Piazza Trinità dei Monti 3 in the rione Campo Marzio. It is best known for its commanding position above the Spanish Steps which lead down to the Piazza di Spagna. The church and its surrounding area (including the Villa Medici) are a French State property.

Map of Churches to explore in Lazio