To enter into Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere, you must first pass through its portico. While not an original feature, this current architectural feature was designed by Carlo Fontana back in 1702.
Today we’re headed to Rome, to visit one of my favourite churches; Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere.
The site of Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere, or Our Lady in Trastevere for us anglophones, has a long history. Back in the 3rd Century it was home to a refuge for retired soldiers (Taberna meritoria).
To follow up on yesterday’s post where we visited the inside of gorgeous Saint-Séverin church, let’s do a quick walk around its exterior.
Around the corner from everyone’s favourite English bookstore in Paris is Saint-Séverin church. I came upon it by accident while aimlessly wandering, and only realised where I was when I looked up at the large building dwarfing me on the narrow street.
Sarlat-la-Canéda is popular amongst tourists, and the architecture is one of its main draws. It’s easy to be impressed, especially when you find yourself wandering around Cathédrale Saint-Sacerdos de Sarlat.
While walking along the perimeter ledge, we saw the Jardin des Enfeus – Sarlat’s first cemetery – and decided to take a closer look.
We walked past several funerary niches, some with lovely detailing.
I liked this old cross carving. I couldn’t help but wonder if the person carving it so long ago ever imagined that people like me would stop to admire it hundreds of years later.
That’s one of the things I enjoy about travelling; learning about people from times gone by. Not just the differences between our lives, but also the commonalities.
Today we’re visiting Cathédrale Saint-Sacerdos de Sarlat, a striking Roman Catholic church at the centre of medieval Sarlat-la-Canéda. Saint Sacerdos was the Bishop of Limoges in the 8th century, and his relics were brought to the cathedral in Sarlat, giving it its name.
The church is an interesting mix of styles, resulting from the several hundred years it took to build. Which makes me feel better about how long it takes me to clean the house!
The belfry and western facade are the oldest parts of the building, while the nave, organ and interior chapels are later additions.
Here’s an assortment of photos I took during our visit.
The organ is reportedly among the best preserved organs from its time, with the sound equipment being almost entirely original.
And you may recall this photo from my other blog, Fernweh Friday. I love this interesting bit of history.
I hope you’ve enjoyed your visit. Tomorrow we’ll take a stroll around the grounds of the church. Until then..