The late 16th century church of San Bernardo alle Terme was built into the remains of an ancient circular tower, which formed part of the Baths of Diocletian.
The structure of San Bernardo is similar to that of the Pantheon, a cylinder (22 metres in diameter) capped with a dome and an oculus. The octagonal coffers of the dome recall those of the Basilica of Maxentius.
The German painter Johann Friedrich Overbeck (1789-1869), founder of the group of artists known as the Nazarenes, is buried in San Bernardo alle Terme.
Overbeck moved to Rome in 1810 and lived there for the rest of his long life.
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My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private walking tours of Rome.
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