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BLOG OF A TOUR GUIDE IN ROME

08/09/2019, 14:16

#unaguidaturisticaroma, #atourguiderome, #romeisus, #rome, #roma, #aventino, #santaprisca, #sanpietro, #stpeter, #reliquia, #relic



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 In the small Church of Santa Prisca, at the Aventine Hill, there is a little evidence of the passage of St Peter here in Rome...



There is a small church at the Aventine Hill where you can find some interesting surprises. I’m talking about the Church of Santa Prisca, an ancient "titulus" that is date back to the V century AD, making the building as one of the oldest churches of Rome. Anyway there’s a fact that links this sacred area with the Christianity. It seems that here lived a family which host St Peter where he came in Rome. We don’t know details about the first of the Apostles, mainly during his time in the Eternal City. The literary sources are a lot, and some of them are discordants. In general St Peter, after his escape from Jerusalem, reached Rome, between the 52 and the 67 AD. And when he came here he was host by some Christian families or people, due to the persecutions. This church was built above the home of one of these families: a mother, a father and a wonderful girl, named Prisca. Mainyl the poor teenager will be killed, being a martyr. But according to the traditions there is a tangible evidence of her, inside this church. After the entrance try to go to the right where you will find a small but fine marble capital surmounted by a bronze "Baptism of Jesus", made one century ago. Still today this ancient roman capital is used as a baptistery. Below the bronze piece there is a little bowl where the priest could take the water used for the baptism. It seems that the same thing, by the same marble capital and using the same bowl, was made by St Peter in order to baptize the young Prisca! Several places are related to St Peter, here in Rome. And it is always very nice to understand what kind of route was followed by this man, although the incomplete literary sources. Maybe this church is one of those places, something touched by St Peter. Still today million of tourists are coming here in Rome in order to go to the St Peter’s Basilica, visiting his tomb. And who knows, maybe in the future some documents will be discovered, in order to bring the light to the steps followed by the Apostle when he came in the Eternal City. In the meantime try to appreciate this evidence, remebering how the Church of Santa Prisca is nice also for other beauties: in the underground crypt there is a "mitreo", an ancient temple dedicated to a Persian God. Sacred and profane, just in one place. #romeisus #Rome #unaguidaturisticaroma #atourguiderome #stpeter #sanpietro #santaprisca#aventino #aventine #church #Roma


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