Church of Santa Balbina

"Church of Santa Balbina" submitted by RomeTour Editorial Team and last updated on Sunday 3rd July 2011

The Church of Santa Balbina (Chiesa di S.Balbina) was built in the 4th century over the other ancient constructions. The convent of the church was fortified and served as a fortress protecting the territory around it. One tower still exists dominating the building of the convent, which is now used as a Hospice of S.Margherita for old people.

Church of Santa Balbina (Chiesa di S.Balbina) at Piazza di Santa Balbina
The church was returned to its Romanesque forms by Antonio Munoz in 1930. Its interior represents a great rectangular hall with the six little chapels on the sides and big windows over them.

The structure grazes the annexed convent, now Ospizio di Santa Margherita, in which one may find numerous ruins of masonries from Adrian’s time. The interior has a single aula with a roofing based on exposed trusses. Each side embodies six niches, alternatively rectangular and semicircular, in which one may admire remainings of frescoes from C. IX through C.XIV.
inside interior of Church of Santa Balbina (Chiesa di S.Balbina)
In the floor are set numerous good 1st century A.D. Roman black-and-white mosaics found in Rome in 1939. The apse is decorated with a big mannerist painting of the 16th century. Here were found the traces of the medieval frescoes attributed to the school of P.Cavallini, and a burial monument of bishop De Surdis with the Cosmatesque decorations brought here from old St Peter's. At the end of the middle nave, a reconstruction on antique traces of the "Schola Cantorum", the pavement encloses fragments of mosaics from the necropolis of C. I, retrieved under the Via Imperiale within the Aurelian walls.

Church of Santa Balbina
Piazza di Santa Balbina, 8
00153, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione San Saba (Piramide) (Roma centro)
Church of Santa Balbina is Shown By "Map K Zone" As "56"
Hours: Open 07:00-18:00.
Telephone: 0039 06 5780207

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