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The Church of Santa Maria in via Lata: photos, description Santa Maria in Via Lata)

Santa Maria in via Lata is a Church on via del Corso (formerly via Lata), in Rome, steps from Church of San Marcello al Corso. Legend has it that the Apostle Paul spent two years in the crypt under the Church, while under house arrest awaiting trial.

The first Christian temple on this place was oratory of the 5th century (consecrated building used for worship by a particular group of persons). It was built on the ruins of a large Roman warehouse, which reached 250 m in length. The upper floor of the Church was built in the 9th century, and murals of the lower level date back to the 7-8 centuries. For the same period is preserved mosaic flooring in the style cosmatesque.

In the Church of Santa Maria in via Lata contains the icon of the 13th century with the image of the virgin Mary, which is credited with various miracles. And under the icon holds the remains of St. Agapito (3 century). Another noteworthy grave belongs to Antonio Tibaldo, poet and friend Raphael, who was buried in the North aisle of the Church in 1537. However, the grave was decorated only in 1776.

In 1639, the Church building was renovated by the project of Cosimo, Fanzago, but the facade with its imposing Corinthian columns was completed only in the years 1658-1660, with the participation of Pietro da Cortona. Inside Santa Maria in via Lata, one can see the throne with the "Madonna's Lawyer" - one of the few paintings the authorship of which is attributed to Bernini. Kivoriy (monstrance) in the apse is made of alabaster and lapis-lazuli. In addition, the Church is the work of Giacinto brandi ("the Martyrdom of St. Andrew"), Giuseppe Getstsi ("Saints Giuseppe, Nicola, and Biagio") and other artists of the 17th century. The altar is also decorated with marble relief is the work of Cosimo Fancelli.