Gettin’ around at Santa Costanza and Sant’Agnese fuori le Mura

Ok, forgive the terrible pun, but recently I decided to visit a very famous (for art historians) church that I thought for sure would also be another check-mark off my Lonely Planet Rome List. Turns out I was wrong, it’s not on the list, so no check-mark for me. However, the Mausoleum of Santa Costanza and the church of Sant’Agnese fuori le Mura should be on that list, because they are lovely, peaceful, and in a part of the city (out along the via Nomentana) that visitors usually don’t  see.

ooooh, pretty round building! And now the terrible pun makes sense!
ooooh, pretty round building! And now the terrible pun makes sense!
oooh pretty mosaics
oooh pretty mosaics
sooo pretty. If only you didn't have to be the daughter of a freaking emperor to get it!
sooo pretty. If only you didn’t have to be the daughter of a freaking emperor to get it!
shiny birds!
shiny birds!
super cool, super calm on the outside
super cool, super calm on the outside

Santa Costanza (and yes that’s Costanza as-in the daughter of Constantine) is part of the complex at Sant’Agnese fuori le Mura (fuori le Mura = outside the walls), which apparently is also supposed to have catacombs too, though there was no evidence of any catacomb visiting while I was there. However, Sant’Agnese is a pretty church all by itself and to have a perfectly round little mausoleum to go along with it makes it a one-two punch of Early Christian coolness. And as I noted above, it’s not even listed in my Lonely Planet guide, so it’s perfect for seeing a major monument without the increasingly large and increasingly looming crowds.

the charming innards of Sant'Agnese, with a mosaic of Agnes being baller in the apse
the charming innards of Sant’Agnese, with a mosaic of Agnes being baller in the apse
the pretty and empty! outside
the pretty and empty! outside

Next up, Berlin!

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