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Trastevere [Transtiberim] is a major attraction for its picturesque maze of narrow cobbled alleyways and medieval churches. At least one of these churches, Santa Maria in Trastevere, was visited by Berlioz (Memoirs, chapter 42). It is probably the first official Christian place of worship to be built in Rome. The legend has it that it was founded by Pope Callixtus I in the 3rd century, when Christianity was still a minority cult. Today’s church is largely a 12th-century building, remarkable for its mosaics, with some 18th century Baroque additions but it has retained its medieval character.
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