Rome Medieval Architecture

Examples of Rome Medieval Architecture, due to the fact that this particular period in the history of Rome was the cities most problematic period, have failed to leave a major sign on the landscape of modern-day Rome. In many cases architecture from the Medieval period of Rome have been incorporated into later works.

But, there are areas of Rome like the Trastevere where many fine examples of Rome Medieval architecture can still be found on a walking tour of this neighborhood that claims to be the only part of town where true Roman's still live.

It is not easy to find artistic reminders of the Medieval architecture period in Rome, as quite often they have been incorporated into buildings built during later periods, but on a walking tour through these areas you'll see some precious remains of Medieval architecture of Rome. But, if you take our Private Walking Tours of Trastevere you'll be pleasantly surprised by the magnificent architecture dating from Medieval Times.

On the Isola Tiberina it is still possible to see the remains of the Castle of Caetani, built against the Torre dei Pierleoni dating from the 10th Century. In 1087 Maltilde di Canossa and Pope Victor III hid in the tower to escape the army of anti-pope Clement II.

The tower which is still at the head of Ponte Fabricio, is also known as the Torre della Pulzella ( Tower of the maid ), referring to the small marble head of a young woman set into the brick facing. Inside the Church of San Bartolomeo all'Isola, is one of the most important medieval pieces of the church: a marble puteal or well curb created from a Roman column fragment.

 Heading towards the Trastevere, take a detour to Piazza in Piscinula with the Casa Mattei, an elegant complex of 14th Century dwellings built for a noble Roman family. Follow Via Arco dei Tolomei named after the 14th Century arch that still stands today, and was constructed by a family originally from Siena.

The basilica of Santa Cecilia has a beautiful Gothic tabernacle executed by Cambio in 1293, and precious 9th Century apse mosaics (see other sites of Mosaics in Rome). The monk's choir holds the famous fresco with the last judgement by Pietro Cavallini, the greatest Roman painter of the 13th Century.

In Piazza Sonnino you'll find the Torre degli Anguillara, better known as the house of Dante. The fortress, consisting of a crenellated wall which strengthened by the tower, enclosed a dwellings and stables dates from the 13th Century. Nearby is the church of San Crisogno, one of Trastevere's great medieval basilicas, with its imposing 5-storey bell tower.

Santa Maria in Trastevere is one of Rome's most precious relics of Medieval times. The church allegedly stands over the Taberna meritora where, in 38 B.C. a miraculous eruption of oil took place, interpreted later as an annunciation of the birth of Jesus. The Church is famous for its delightful mosaics.

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