|The Basilica of San Nicola in Carcere shows off its Roman columns - both as part of the church, and free-standing.|
|More columns, viewed from the south.|
|Model of the three Roman temples (by Igor)|
And, one can explore below the church - for 2 or 3 Euros. The exploration immediately takes you into catacombs and bones. How old? Well, they did have green stuff growing on them.
|The basilica can be overshadowed by the powerful Teatro di|
Marcello, but it's there, down the street to the left.
|Giacomo della Porta's entrance, incorporating Roman columns.|
One reason we can see so clearly the structure of the Roman temples is that Mussolini cleared away the surrounding buildings in driving through his wide road to the sea. An engraving shows the cluster of buildings abutting and around the church before the Fascists cleared the landscape (and almost this church as well).
|Basilica di San Nicola in Carcere, as it looked in the 18th century (Giuseppe Vasi engraving), |
before Mussolini demolished the adjacent buildings, and the neighborhood.
|You might need the flashlight app on your iPhone.|
The Basilica of San Nicola in Carcere is an example of DIY Rome tourism, with no lines, no crowds, right in the center of Rome. English pamphlets are also available there.
via del Teatro di Marcello, 46;
Here's another link with more explanatory material on the basilica.
|Interior Roman column with 10th century|