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Sant' Anselmo all'Aventino is an early 20th century titular church dedicated to St Anselm of Canterbury, attached to a college.

More pictures of the church at Wikimedia Commons are here.

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The complex including the church was designed by Hildebrand de Hemptinne and Fidelis von Stotzingen, and built in 1900.

The International College of Sant' Anselmo is located here, as is the seat of the Abbot Primate of the Order of St Benedict.

The present titular deacon of the church is Lorenzo Baldisseri.


In the atrium there is a bronze statue of St Anselm, made in the late of the 20th century. From here, it is possible to see Santa Maria del Priorato, which lies in a complex that is closed to the public except for guided tours.

In the entrance to the monastery, reached from the atrium, is a Roman mosaic of Orpheus that was found when the college was built.

Façade of church beyond gateway.


The church has a basilical plan.

The mosaics are in an uncommon style, with only the figures in mosaic and no background - whether or not this is a good thing is a matter of personal tastes. The paschal candlestick is in the Cosmatesque style, but it is a modern reproduction.

The crypt is accessed through a door by the altar of the Blessed Sacrament. Behind the altar is a statue of St Benedict, with his arms raised in prayer - the posture in which he died.

Atrium Sant'Anselmo

Atrium, Sant'Anselmo all'Aventino

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