Church of Santi Cosma e Damiano (Basilica del beato Felice)

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The Chiesa dei SS.Cosma e Damiano (Church of Santi Cosma e Damiano) in the Roman Forum (Foro Romano) was also called "Basilica del beato Felice" because was built by pope St Felix IV in 527 in a hall of the Foro della Pace. The church was dedicated to two brothers from Cilicia who were miraculous healers. The church was completely reconstructed in 1632 by design of Luigi Arrigucci and by order of Urban VIII, who's coat-of-arm can be seen on the ceiling.

Church of Santi Cosma e Damiano (Basilica del beato Felice) in the Roman Forum (Foro Romano) upper facade of Church of Santi Cosma e Damiano (Basilica del beato Felice)
The beautiful apse mosaics remained nearly untouched. They represent Jesus with the saints and pope Felix who shows the model of the church. In the hall of the church all the year round the grandiose Presepio napoletano is located, it was presented in 1939 by a Neapolitan family to the Franciscan order to which care the church was entrusted. The models and figures in wood, terracotta, and porcelain are of exceptionally fine workmanship.

The vestibule in front of the church, towards the Foro Romano, consists of the so called Tempio del Divo Romolo. Inside the church one can admire splendid mosaics dated C.VI. Moving on via a stairway one may access one of the rooms of the antique basilica, inside which the original altar is still saved. Upon exiting one may observe the excavation that extends itself in front of the convent’s façade made of bricks: it contains the ruins of one of the aulas that sided the Tempio della Pace, more precisely the one where the marble plan of antique Rome, whose carving was ordered by Settimio Severo, was exhibited.

On the wall of the convent of SS.Cosma e Damiano was attached a marble map of Rome (Forma Urbis), a fundamental document for the knowledge of classic Rome.

Address:
Church of Santi Cosma e Damiano (Basilica del beato Felice)
Via dei Fori Imperiali, 1 (Via in Miranda 1-15)
00186, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Campitelli (Foro Romano- Campidoglio-P.Venezia) (Roma centro)/ Rione Celio (Terme di Caracalla) (Roma centro)
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