The Santa Sabina Basilica of the Aventine Hill.

The Santa Sabina Basilica of the Aventine Hill.

Visiting Rome means touring the churches scattered across the territory of the capital city. Amongst antique and modern, the churches of Rome are about 900 and Santa Sabina is just one of the churches to visit in Rome because it is one of the only early Christian churches, which shows us the origins that go back so far to the very first Christians.

Santa Sabina is situated on the Aventine hill, one of the7 hills of the city of Rome, at it's very east. Initially, the church was named after the Roman matron, Sabina, after being named saint and it dates back to the V century. Over the years it has, however, been subject to various adjusting works of art by many famous architects, amongst these, Domenico Fontana and Borromini in the XVI and XVII century. The church's position is quite unique amongst the green of the orange grove with Piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta at only a couple of minutes on foot, where you can see the dome through the"keyhole of Rome", the keyhole of the priory, which governed the Horsemen of Malta.

Booking a B&B in the centre if Rome makes it easy to get to this part of the city, so suggestive and rich with history. An important saint, Domenico of Guzman, passed by here long ago and in Santa Sabina the order of the Dominicans was founded. The cell in which he lived, and which was later decorated by Bernini, is a place of worship for devotees of the saint, to which the legend of the orange tree is also associated, visible in a hole in one of the  walls of the church. From a single branch that Saint Domenico brought over from Spain, this plant was made, living strong today, this was the first known citrus planted in the country.

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