Mar 23, 2013

San Vitale

Church of San Vitale is a little Basilica in the center of Rome

The Basilica was built in 400 and consecrated by Pope Innocent I in 401-402. The dedication to San Vitale (in English: St. Vitalis) and his family is dated to 412. This church is recored as Titulus Vestinae in acts of the 499 synod of Pope Symmachus

The facade is the most ancient part of the church, possibly dating back to the 5th century. It was altered at the end of the 16th century. The inscription on the portico, with the arms of Pope Sixtus IV, dates from this time, Pope Pius IX built the staircase to the 5th century portico in 1859

Walking along Via Nazionale, the Basilica is located below the street level and is accesible by the stairs

The church has a single nave, with walls frescoed with scenes of martyrdom, among which a Martyrdom of St. Ignatius of Antioch, in which a ruined Colosseum is depicted

The apsis, original of the 5th century, is decorated with fresco by Andrea Commodi, The Ascent to Calvary

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