Basilica Di San Bartolomeo all'Isola, Rome

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The Basilica of St. Bartholomew on the Island (Basilica di San Bartolomeo all'Isola, Basilica S. Bartholomaei in Insula) is a titular minor basilica, located in Rome, Italy. It was founded in 998 by Otto III, Holy Roman Emperor and contains relics of St. Bartholomew the Apostle. It is located on Tiber Island, on the site of the former temple of Aesculapius, which had cleansed the island of its former ill-repute among the Romans and established its reputation as a hospital, continued under Christian auspices today.
Its Cardinal priest has been Cardinal Blase Cupich since 19 November 2016.
In Roman times, the Temple of Aesculapius stood on the site of the modern church. The entire Isola Tiberina had actually been covered in marble in an effort to make the island look like a ship. The prow can still be seen today.
Emperor Otto built this church, which was initially dedicated to his friend Adalbert of Prague. It was renovated by Pope Paschal II in 1113 and again in 1180, after its rededication upon the arrival of the relics of the apostle Bartholomew. The relics were sent to Rome from Benevento, where they had arrived from Armenia in 809. The relics are located within an ancient Roman porphyry bathtub with lions' heads, under the main altar. The marble wellhead bears the figures of the Savior, Adalbert and Bartholomew and Otto III.
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  • The basilica built in 1000 is a pearl embedded on the island of Tiber between the Trastevere district and the ancient Jewish ghetto. After the flood in 1557, it was rebuilt and modernized in 1624.....  more »
  • We stopped off on this little island on the Tiber and spotted this church. Very beautiful exterior with great views.  more »
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  • Nice quiet part of town. Great history and architecture.
  • I like this church, even though it's not the grandest of Basilicas in Rome. Pope John Paul II dedicated it to the new martyrs of the 20th and 21st Centuries. There are stories and relics of these martyrs from every continent in the side altars. I was moved, inspired and appalled by these stories. The good thing is that there will not be many tourists or visitors, so you can take your own time to read and walk around the church.

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