Basilica San Lorenzo in Lucina

Basilica di San Lorenzo in Lucina

The church of St Lawrence at Lucina is situated in close proximity to the Altar of Augustan Peace (Ara Pacis). As most of the early Christian churches, this one dates back to the IV-V centuries and was established on the place of the older edifice – the house of the Roman matron Lucina. The church was dedicated to Saint Lawrence. In the XVII century the interior of the church was converted into Baroque style. Major altar acquired 6 black Corinthian columns. Below the altar is the reliquary in which the gridiron that St Lawrence was allegedly martyred on is preserved. In the altar one can also see the picture by Guido Reni Christ on the Cross. In Capella Fonseca, fourth on the right, bust of Gabriel Fonseca, Pope’s physician, by Lorenzo Bernini certainly deserves your attention. In the crypt one can still find remnants of the ancient temple while two lions at the entrance and the bell tower survived to our days from the early Christian times. There is also the tomb of the French artist Nicolas Poussin in the church. He is the founder of such painting style as classicism which could be the result of his conception of the classical style of Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael. There is also the tomb of the Czech composer Josef Myslivecek who was known as divino Boemo during his lifetime in Italy.

Address: Via in Lucina, 16А
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 8 am – 12 pm, 5 pm – 8 pm
How to reach: Spagna, Barberini
Coordinates: 41.903076, 12.478830