Santa Prassede: Research Lines on the Location and Spatial Values of Paschal I's Basilica

Maurizio Caperna


In this article, the construction of the church of S. Prassede is addressed with regard to the location of the building—in relation to the conditions of the site—and to the design criterion. These issues are obviously connected and allow for a reinterpretation of the building, both for the understanding of its urban significance and regarding the particular spatial configuration of its structure. The proportions of the building are compared to those of the other two churches commissioned by Paschal I, that is, S. Cecilia and S. Maria in Domnica, particularly focusing on the unusual expansion of the central nave in relation to the lateral aisles.


9th-century architecture; Santa Prassede; Santa Cecilia; Santa Maria in Domnica; proportions

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