Church of San Sisto Vecchio in Via Appia

"Church of San Sisto Vecchio in Via Appia" submitted by RomeTour Editorial Team and last updated on Thursday 7th July 2011

The Church of San Sisto Vecchio in Via Appia (Chiesa di S.Sisto Vecchio a via Appia) existed already in the 5th century and was restored by Innocent III in the beginning of the 13th century. It was the first Roman convent of St Dominic, but after the saint moved to the church of S.Sabina in 1221, he founded here the first Roman monastery for nuns. From those times S.Sisto Vecchio was always under the Dominican order, except a period of when it had to by abandoned because of epidemics of malaria in the 16th century. In the 30's of this century the convent was occupied by the nuns of the destroyed Convent of St Catherine a Magnanapoli.

Church of San Sisto Vecchio in Via Appia at Piazzale Numa Pompilio
In 1724-1730 the church an monastery were restored by F.Raguzzini, and only Romanesque bell-tower remained untouched. The remains of the old church are still visible in a large cloister.

In the cloister one finds ruins of the oldest church and the related annexed chapel, inside which the "Storie di San Domenico" are represented. Absolutely not to be missed is the bell tower dated C. XII, with three orders of three-mullioned windows, from Innocenzo III’s period (late1100s). At present the church is owned by the convent of the Suore Domenicane. In the church’s backyard an exhibition of chrysanthemum takes place every Fall.

Church of San Sisto Vecchio in Via Appia
Piazzale Numa Pompilio, 8
00184, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Celio (Terme di Caracalla) (Roma centro)
Church of San Sisto Vecchio in Via Appia is Shown By "Map K Zone" As "83"
Hours: Every day 7.30am-11.30am. Masses: Winter - Every day 7.00am, Summer - Every day 7.30.
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