Pictures were taken on May 2, 2005 by Gertrude Meyer.
Façade of Santa Maria in Trastevere
The proud and independent inhabitants of Trastevere, the area across the Tiber, consider themselves the most authentic Romans. This church is probably the first official Christian place of worship to be built in Rome. This basilica became the focus of devotion to the Virgin Mary. According to legend, the church was founded by Pople Callixtus I in the 3rd century, when Christianity was still a minority cult.
The 12th century mosaic shows Mary feeding the baby Jesus and ten women holding lamps. Eight of the lamps are lit, symbolizing virginity. The veiled women whose lamps have gone out are probably widows.
The Nave of Santa Maria
The term Nave is used to indicate that portion of a church reserved for worshippers, and including the central and side aisles, crossing transepts.
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