All Saints Church in Rome is a Popular Classical Music Venue:
About 100 metres from the Spanish Steps, at Via del Babuino, 153, is All Saints, an Anglican church in Rome. Being so close to the very busy Spanish Steps and with so many shops and other competing attractions in the area, it is easy to miss All Saints. I myself must have walked past this church more than a dozen times.
However, for anyone who is interested in enjoying operas and classical music concerts in Rome, All Saints is a regular venue for concerts. During the concert season you can enjoy the famous opera arias of Bizet, Verdi, Rossini, Puccini, Mozart, performed by the Filarmonica D’Opera di Roma, the Solisti dell’Opera and the Ensemble Concerto Barocco. All Saints has very good acoustics and many other groups from all over the world are attracted to perform in this church.
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History of All Saints
The history of the Anglican church in Rome dates back to 1816 when the Pope gave English residents and visitors the right to hold Anglican services in Rome. However, it wasn’t until the 1880′s that a site was acquired to build their Anglican church.
All Saints was designed by G.E. Street who has a reputation in Britain for his Neo-Gothic churches and the Law Courts in London. It’s not surprising therefore that the All Saints Rome Church building, a very fine red-brick construction, is in the Neo-Gothic style. The interior is impressive, with its oak floor and columns of marble from quarries from all over Italy. In the nave are six main columns made from green Carrara marble supported on a base of red Perugia marble. The pillars and the pulpit are also splendidly decorated in fine coloured marbles.
The church has many other fine features such as the stained glass windows with inlaid semi-precious stones and the Conacher organ which was presented to the church, on trust, in 1894.
Getting to All Saints
Most visitors to Rome find themselves at the Spanish Steps at some point of their Rome holidays. Via del Babuino runs from Piazza di Spagna (Spanish Steps) to Piazza del Popolo. From the base of the Spanish Steps turn right towards Piazza del Popolo – All Saints is on the left at number 153 (Metro line A stop at Spagna or Flaminio , ATAC bus 117 or 119).
All Saints Church
Via del Babuino, 153
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