Basilica/ Church of San Crisogono

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Before 499 on the place of the present Basilica/ Church of San Crisogono (Basilica/ Chiesa di S.Crisogono) but 6m lower was built a church which together with S.Maria in Trastevere and S.Cecilia was one of the initial sites of cult and assistance to the Christian community in the zone of Trastevere. The damage from regular floods which risen the level of the soil convinced to reconstruct the old building of the church in 1129. The initiative was taken by cardinal Giovanni da Crema who had the church realized in basilica form.

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The present look of S.Crisogono as the fruit of radical changes brought by G.B.Soria in 1626 by the order of cardinal Scipione Borghese, nephew of Paul V.

The simple façade with a tympanum has a wide Dorian portico with four granite columns among two side pilaster structures, on top of them is a parade of vases, as well as eagles and bourgeoise dragons. The massive Romanesque bell-tower (1124) is crowned by a cusp, over which one may see the side of the church and the apse dating back to the 12th century.
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The interior of the basilica is divided by three naves with twenty two antique granite columns with stucco capitals, added up during the restoration occurred in 1600, and was decorated by Pietro Cavallini, whose school also carried out the absidal mosaic. Two porphyry columns, the biggest ones in Rome, support the triumphal arch.

The nice cosmatesque floor covers the entire surface of the church. In the seventeen-century ceiling with carved and golden coffers with a light blue background is a copy of the Thriumph of St Crisogono, a marvellous work by Guercino.

Inside the main nave is separated from the side naves by 22 columns on both sides; the ceiling decorations are one of the most beautiful in Rome; the apse is decorated with Vergine con santi attributed to P.Cavallini; the chapel Cappella Poli is work of G.L.Bernini as well as two busts of cardinals.

Basilica/ Church of San Crisogono
Piazza Sidney Sonnino, 44
00153, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Trastevere (Gianicolo) (Roma centro)
Basilica/ Church of San Crisogono is Shown By "Map J Zone" As "31"
Hours: Weekdays 7.00am-11.30am 4.00pm-7.30pm. Holidays 8.00am-1.00pm 4.00pm-7.30pm. Massses: Weekdays: 7.30am 8.00am 9.00am 10.00am 6.00pm. Holidays: 8.30am 10.00am 11.00am 12.30pm 6.00pm. Days before a holiday 6.00pm. During the mass is not possible to visit the church.
Visit to the excavations: Weekdays 7.30am-11.30am 4.00pm-7.00pm. Holidays 8.00am-1.00pm 4.00pm-7.00pm.
Telephone: 0039 06 5810076 - 06 5897192

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