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St Lawrence's at Lucina

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Overview

Title
St Lawrence's at Lucina
Author
Vanessa82
Rating
3.44
Year
300 AD
Cost
Free Admission
Average visit time
15 minutes
Address
35 Piazza di San Lorenzo in Lucina, 00186 Rome RM
Hours of operation
8.00am-12.00pm 4.30-7.30pm

Description

The Church of St Lawrence's at Lucina is said to have been built in the 4th century on the ruins of a house belonging to the Roman lady Lucina. The roman church is famous for Guido Reni's crucifixion above the altar and the Romanesque bell tower. Around the seventeenth century the interior of the church was completely renovated and designed by Cosimo Fanzago, who transformed the church into a classroom with a single nave and aisles leading to several chapels. The church has an entrance porch, decorated by six granite columns, with capitals and bases, surmounted by a lintel made of a huge antique fluted column. Outside on the right sits a Romanesque bell tower rising five stories up. We also recommend that you visit the excavations under the St Lawrence's at Lucina basilica; unearthed archaeological remnants of the second century, including traces of the original Augustan obelisk. Also inside the church you can admire beautiful paintings depicting religious scenes and the graves of famous people like the painter Nicolas Poussin, the composer Luca Marenzio and the conductor Gian Luigi Zampieri. St Lawrence at Lucina is located in the square of the same name, which is famous for its characteristic bars and cafes. The church is also not too far from Via del Corso where, after your city tour, you can relax or shopping in the many exclusive shops.