Basilica Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri
(St. Mary of the Angels and the Martyrs), Rome, Italy
Interior: The church's entrance originally separated the
now-vanished hot "caldarium" baths from the luke-warm "tepidarium" of
Diocletian’s Bath, which is now the church's vestibule.
Next comes the finest statue in the church, representing St. Bruno,
founder of the Carthusian order, by the 18C French sculptor Jean-Antoine
You then enter the ancient Bath's central hall.
The altar is straight ahead on the short axis of the nave, while the
overwhelming bulk of the original baths runs in both directions toward
the altars on either side, lavishly decorated by Vanvitelli.
The effect of this crossing at the centre is breathtaking for its vast
size and elegant proportions.