Church/ Chiesa

Basilica/ Church of Santa Anastasia al Palatino (Palatine Hill)

The Basilica/ Church of Santa Anastasia al Palatino (Palatine Hill) was built in the 4th century, was decorated with mosaics in the 5th century and restored by Theodoric and by popes of the 8th century. During the Byzantine domination in Rome, it served as an official church of the representatives of the Eastern Roman Empire, who's residence was on the Palatine Hill. Further...

Church and Hospital of Santa Maria della Consolazione

The Arch-confraternity of S.Maria in Portico della Consolazione e delle Grazie managing the Ospedale della Consolazione, the hospital built in 1470 adjoining the church with the same name, was founded in 1506. It had as a property a piece of territory of the Roman Forum, from which it had a right to derive marbles and other building materials for its hospital and other needs...

Church of Sant'Eligio dei Ferrari

The Church of Sant'Eligio dei Ferrari (Chiesa di San Eligio dei Ferrari) was built in 1562 over the site of the medieval Chiesetta di S.Giacomo d'Altopasso, by the Arch-confraternity of S.Eligio. In 1453 Nicolas V rearranged the Organization of Iron Smiths (Universita dei Ferrari) and gave it this church with the intention to build a hospice adjoining to it. Starting from...

Sacred Area and Church of Sant'Omobono

The Church of Sant'Omobono was built over pre-existent San Salvatore in Portico. The church is located in the zone of very ancient sacred area previously occupied by temples dating from the Republican epoch (9th-8th centuries b.C.); and the traces of human life dating from 1500 b.C.. It was reconstructed by Corporation of Tailors in 1574 on the site of ancient church of...

Church of San Giovanni Decollato

The Church of San Giovanni Decollato (Chiesa di S.Giovanni Decollato) construction was begun over the site of the Chiesa di S.Maria della Fossa (1190) in 1488 by the Arch-confraternity of S.Giovanni Decollato, named of Misericordia, and finished in 1504. The Arch-confraternity was composed of Florentines, who's goal was to assist the people condemned to death, numerous in that...

Church of San Giorgio in Velabro

The name of the church reminds about the regularly damaged ground of this zone by the waters of Tiber (velabro = marsh). The church was built before the 4th century and reminds the settlement of the Greek colony in this part of the city, which prove all the Greek names of the churches around. S.Giorgio was a Greek martyr as well. This small Church of San Giorgio in Velabro (...

Basilica/ Church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin

This is a beautiful church worldly famous for a round stone mask called "Bocca della Verita' " (Mouth of Truth) (pictured below) located in its portico, but there are so many other things about it that could attract interest. First of all, its bell-tower, the most beautiful Romanesque bell-tower in Rome. It has seven storeyes and colored majolica decorations. It was built in...

Church of Santa Prisca

The Church of Santa Prisca (Chiesa di S.Prisca) was erected in the end of the 4th century-beginning of the 5th century on the site of the House of Aquila and Prisca, celebrated husband and wife, who hosted St Peter in their "ecclesia domestica" where apostle baptized different people. The dedication to S.Prisca could be attributed to two personalities: the owner of the house...

Church of San Saba

According to a legend the Chiesa di San Saba (Chiesa di S.Saba) grew on the site of cenoby in which the mother of St Gregory I Magno, St Silvia, lived and from where she would daily send to her son living on Celio Hill, the vegetable dishes picked and prepared by herself. But according to historical and archeological proves the church was founded in the 7th century by oriental...

Church of Santa Balbina

The Church of Santa Balbina (Chiesa di S.Balbina) was built in the 4th century over the other ancient constructions. The convent of the church was fortified and served as a fortress protecting the territory around it. One tower still exists dominating the building of the convent, which is now used as a Hospice of S.Margherita for old people. The church was returned to its...

Church/ Basilica of San Clemente (Saint Clement) in Laterano

Church/ Basilica of San Clemente (Saint Clement) in Laterano The original Church/ Basilica of Saint Clement in Laterano (Chiesa/ Basilica di San Clemente al Laterano) built in 385 was discovered in the end of the 19th century by a priest Mulloly from an Irish religious organization to which the present church is assigned. It was on basilican plan and was much larger and had a narthex in front of it. The primitive church was erected over...

Santi (SS.) Quattro Coronati in Laterano: Basilica/ Church/ Monastery

Santi (SS.) Quattro Coronati in Laterano: Basilica/ Church/ Monastery The name of the Basilica/ Church and Monastery of Santi (SS.) Quattro Coronati (Chiesa dei SS.Quattro Coronati/ Basilica dei Santi Quattro Coronati al laterano) refers to some stories about four martyrs that could be or a group of sculptors from the Roman province of Pannonia near the Danube martyred by Diocletian because of refuse to sculpture pagan divinity of Aesculapius,...

Celio Military Hospital, Basilica Hilariana and Celimontana or Pio IX Fountain

The Celio (Caelius) Military Hospital near the Coloseum occupies the territory of destroyed in 1888 Villa Casali. Centuries ago on this zone was a military establishment and an important medieval hospital S.Stefano in Formis. The modern hospital is compound of pavilions and was built according to a project of Salvatore Bianchi in 1885-1891. The Caelian hill, originally known...

Church/ Basilica of Santi (SS.) Giovanni e Paolo

The Church/ Basilica of Santi (SS.) Giovanni e Paolo (Chiesa/ Basilica dei SS.Giovanni e Paolo) on the Celian Hill grew over some ancient Roman constructions disposed on several levels with 20 different rooms belonging to a pagan building, a Christian house and an oratory. The Christian house belonged to John and Paul, two court dignitaries under Constantine II, who were...

Church of San Gregorio Magno (Santi Andrea & Gregorio) on Caelian Hill (al Celio)

The Church of San Gregorio Magno al Celio/Santi Andrea e Gregorio al Celio/ San Gregorio Magno al Celio or simply San Gregorio on the Caelian Hill was erected on the site of the house of pope St Gregory the Great. From original church remained the Cosmatesque pavement and 16 ancient columns. It was completely reconstructed from outside and inside in 1629-1633 by the wish of...