Church of San Teodoro at the bottom of the Palatino

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This small round domed construction is supposed to be built during the period of Byzantine influence in Rome, according to a dedication to the saint soldierTeodoro from the Eastern Empire. The church was built over the Horrea Agrippiana, the great granary warehouse. From the original construction remained the apse with mosaic dating from the 7th century, which is very similar to the one in the apse of the Chiesa dei SS.Cosma e Damiano. The church was reconstructed in 1451 by Nicolas V and by cardinal Francesco Barberini in 1674. Pope Clement XI had C.Fontana to build the little palace in front of the church in 1705.

Church of San Teodoro (Chiesa di San Teodoro) on the Palatine Hill architecture of Church of San Teodoro at the bottom of the Palatino.
It is not certain, but they presume that till the 16th century the church preserved famous bronze sculpture of she-wolf, arrived here from the ancient Lupercale (the site where the twins, founders of the city, were found by people).

This Church of San Teodoro (Chiesa di San Teodoro) belonged to the Arch-brotherhood of Sacro Cuore di Gesu', founded in 1709. Here is the cemetery of its members, located in two crypts decorated with the human bones; on the upper floor of the cemetery is the white tunic with the cowl signed with the symbol of the Sacro Cuore, which gave birth to the nick-name of the members of the confraternity "big white sacks".

The church located at the bottom of the Palatino (Palatine Hill), has an unusual but very gracious round structure. It is preceded by a semi-circular building designed by Carlo Fontana in 1705, which is accessible via two stairways that, starting at the ground level, flow down on two sides thus creating a cute framework to the little square. Extraordinary beauty can also be attributed to the dome, dated 1454. The interior is enriched by the splendid mosaics from C.VI. The ceremony for the Venerdì Santo, which is held in the church by the hand of the Confraternita dei "Sacconi rossi" that are here located, is also very typical and characteristic.

Address:
Church of San Teodoro at the bottom of the Palatino
Via di San Teodoro, 7
00186 , Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Ripa (Circo Massimo-Bocca Verità-Aventino) (Roma centro)
Church of San Teodoro at the bottom of the Palatino is Shown By "Map K Zone" As "32"
Hours: Every day 9.00am-12.30pm. Masses: Sunday 9.15am-10.30am( Greek Orthodox rite).
Telephone: 0039 06 6786624
Fax: 0039 06 6786624

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