The grand Benedictine abbey of Sant' Anselmo all' Aventino, sits atop the Aventine Hill, one of the seven hills of Rome.
The church of Sant' Anselmo, which was designed by Francesco Vespignani and Abbot Hildebrand de Hemptinne, was built between 1892 and 1900.
The striking mosaic in the apse, the work of the German monk Radbodus Commandeur, depicts a jewelled cross held up by a pair of angels and flanked by St Benedict and St Anselm.
The church is preceded by a quadriporticus. The bronze statue of St. Anselm is the work of the Swiss artist Albert Wider (1910-85).
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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