Santa Prassede, apse mosaic.
Saint Praxedes' Basilica
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dedication: St. Praxede
built: 780ad
main interventions: 822ad
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Saint Praxedes
Saint Prassede, or Praxetes, was the daughter of Pudens, who is traditionally considered Saint Paul's first convert in Rome (2 Timothy 4:21). The nearby church of Santa Pudenziana is dedicated to her sister. Under Roman law, executed criminals were denied burial, which was especially feared by christians who believed in a future bodily ressurection. Praxetes went to execution sites of christians, collected their remains and gave them a christian burial. She herself was executed for her activities.