Basilica di Sant'Antonio al Laterano Reviews
The church is located one block from the Obelisk of St. John Lateran. It was consecrated in 1887. Two staircases provide access to the gantry of the church, where a statue of Saint Anthony of Padua... more »
Amazing sculptures of the Apostles & wonderful space. Cathedral used by the very first pope. Free access and very easy walk from the hotel. more »
One exquisite Nativity exhibition !
The basilica, together with the attached convent, was built, between 1884 and 1887, by Luca Carimini (1830 –1890) for the Order of the Minor Friars, who here found the new headquarters after they had been expropriated of their convent at Aracoeli for the construction of the Victorian (or Altar of the Fatherland). The ceremony of laying the first stone of the basilica took place on April 16, 1884 in the presence of the Minister General Bernardino da Portogruaro (1822 – 1895); it was consecrated on December 4, 1887 by Cardinal Vicar Lucid Maria Parocchi, along with eight other Franciscan bishops. The decorative apparatus of the church was performed, between 1889 and 1890, by Bonaventura Loffredo da Alghero(1830 - 1903). In 1950 a renovation was designed, but it was only partially realized. On 21 July 1931 Pope Pius XI, on the occasion of the 7th centenary of the death of Saint Anthony of Padua (1195 -1231), elevated it to the dignity of the minor Basilica.  Since March 12, 1960, at the behest of Pope John XXIII, it is the seat of the cardinal title of St. Anthony from Padua to Via Merulana: today's holder is Cardinal Cl'udio Hummes. The basilica is currently a place of worship of the Parish of Saints Marcellin and Peter at the Lateran. Description External The facade of the basilica, completed as early as 1886, is built of exposed bricks with architectural elements in travertine and rises on a high double-ramp staircase that leads to a large five-arched porch, in the Sangallesco style, carefully drawn in all its sixteenth-century details, where it is placed: Statue of St. Anthony from Padua with Baby Jesus. Under the porch, there are three portals to the church, two sides with eardrums and a central one, flanked by lesene with phytomorphic decorations and with capitals on the shelf: above an all-six arch, adorned with acroteri with palmettes and rosettes, is located, inside bezel, depicting: St. Anthony of Padua in glory among angels. On the northern side, stands the octagon-celled bell tower, with cusps in polychrome and golden majolicas.
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