Apr 17, 2013

Basilica St. Praxedes

Basilica Saint Praxeds (in Italian, Basilica di Santa Prassede) is an ancient church and minor basilica in Rome located to Esquilino Hill, very near to Basilica Saint Mary Major (in Italian, Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore). The church in its current form was commissioned by Pope Hadrian I around the year 780 and built on top the remains of a 5th century structure and was designed to house the bones of Saint Praxedes (in Italian, Santa Prassede) and Saint Pudentiana (in Italian, Santa Pudenziana), the daughters of Saint Pudens, traditionally St. Peter's first Christian convert in Rome. The two female saints were murdered for providing Christian burial for early martyrs in defiance of Roman law. The basilica was enlarged and decorated by Pope Paschal I in the year 822








































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