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BLOG OF A TOUR GUIDE IN ROME

11/03/2019, 12:38

#unaguidaturisticaroma, #romeisus, #rome, #roma, #archeologia, #sotterranei, #chiesa,



UNDERGROUND-AREA-OF-SANTA-MARIA-IN-VIA-LATA-(FIRST-PART)
UNDERGROUND-AREA-OF-SANTA-MARIA-IN-VIA-LATA-(FIRST-PART)


 The incredible Church of Santa Maria in Via Lata has an unbelivable underground area, that has an intricate history...



Today I would like to speak about the Church of Santa Maria in Via Lata, that is set along Via del Corso. Or better, I would like to tell you something about the amazing archeological underground area located underneath the church. Next time I will underline the sacred traditions and the nice decorations, meanwhile today I will explain something about the archeological and historical side of this area. A good way to understand how sometimes in #Rome is really hard to know what there was some centuries ago. Today, underneath the church, is possible to visit six small rooms, put in two rows of three, with another space partly bigger than the others. Those rooms were obtained, around the IV century AD, by an ancient Roman portico made by four rows of pillars which created three naves, with the central one larger than the others (see the picture).What was this portico for? Still today with don’t know...maybe it was a market place, or maybe there were "tabernae" (the ancient Roman fast foods). According to other interpretations it was just a indoor area, having a roof, that was usefull for the hot summer days or the raniny ones. Maybe here there were "horrea", big warehouses, or maybe again shops with a second floor where the owners used to live...who knows! What we know is how, starting from the VIII century AD, for the first time we have some documents were we can find news about Christian area built here. The Pope Sergio I decided to open a sacred place here, and some archeological evidences can confirm this dating. The long evolution goes one with the restorations of the XI century, with other deep reconstructions would by the Pope Alexander VI (the end of the XV century), and with the works of the new Baroque church, that one that we can see today. Do you see how many things in one small place? And imagine how, on the second part of this article, I will tell you why, according to different traditions, people like St Luke, St Peter or St Paus stood or lived here... #atourguiderome #romeisus #archeology


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