Sant'Antonio da Padova in Via Merulana

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Church of Saint Anthony of Padua al Laterano
Sant'Antonio da Padova all'Esquilino ‹See Tfd›(in Italian)
S. Antonii Patavini de Urbe ‹See Tfd›(in Latin)
Esquilino - S.Antonio da Padova Facciata.jpg
Facade of Sant'Antonio da Padova in Via Merulana.
AffiliationRoman Catholic
Ecclesiastical or organizational statusMinor basilica
LeadershipCláudio Hummes
Year consecrated1888
LocationItaly Rome, Italy
Geographic coordinates41°53′19.71″N 12°30′14.2″E / 41.8888083°N 12.503944°E / 41.8888083; 12.503944Coordinates: 41°53′19.71″N 12°30′14.2″E / 41.8888083°N 12.503944°E / 41.8888083; 12.503944
Architect(s)Luca Carimini
Official website

The Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua al Laterano (Italian: Sant'Antonio da Padova all'Esquilino, Latin: S. Antonii Patavini de Urbe) is a Roman Catholic titular church in Rome on Via Merulana, one block from the Obelisk of St. John Lateran. It was built for the Order of Friars Minor, who needed a new home after they were moved from Santa Maria in Aracoelito allow the construction of the Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II.

The church was consecrated on December 4, 1887 and was elevated to minor basilica status in 1931.[1]

On the 12 March 1960 Pope John XXIII granted it a titular church as a seat for Cardinals.[2] The present Cardinal Priest of the Titulus San Antonii Patavini de Urbe is Cláudio Hummes.


Two staircases provide access to the gantry of the church, where a statue of Saint Anthony of Padua stands holding the Christ Child. Inside, the church is constructed of three naves, divided by two columns of pillars made of pink marble. The general decoration of the church was done by Friar Bonaventura Loffredo da Alghero in 1889-1890. The fresco of the apotheosis of the Franciscan family in the apse area of the sanctuary was done by Friar Loffredo. The paintings of the side altars were done by various artists, mainly Franciscan. St. Clare of Assisi by Giuseppe Bravi (1844-1908) St. Francis of Assisi by Franz De Rhoden (1817-1903) The OFM and FMM Japonese Martyrs by Cesare Mariani (1826-1901) Immaculate Mary by Francesco Szoldatiez (1916) St. Ludovico di Tolosa by Eugenia Pignet (1940) Other paintings were done by the firars Giuseppe Maria Rossi, Caio D' Andrea and Michelangelo Cianti

List of Cardinal Priests[edit]


  1. ^ "Basilicas in Italy". Retrieved 2013-10-31.
  2. ^ Cardinal Title S. Antonio da Padova al Laterano GCatholic


  • Benedetto Pesci, OFM, "Storia della Basilica di S. Antonio" in Official Website of the Basilica: Basilica di Sant'Antonio al Laterano, Roma