Church of Santi (SS.) Nereo and Achilleo

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The Church of Santi (SS.) Nereo and Achilleo [SS. Nereo e Achilleo] grew on the site of the 4th century Oratory of the Fasciola, known as "Titulus Fasciolae" named from the bandage which is supposed to have fallen from the wounds of St Peter after his escape from the Mamertine prison. In 524 the oratory was transformed into a church by pope St John I, when he brought here the bodies of martyrs Nereus and Achilleus.

Church of Santi (SS.) Nereo and Achilleo at Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
The church was reconstructed several times, in particular by St Leo III in 810 and by cardinal Cesare Baronio in 1597.

Interior has a nave and two aisles, the walls are decorated with the frescoes by Pomarancio, the triumphal arch is covered by 9th century mosaic representing Transfiguration. The austere interior of the basilica consists of three naves, divided by arcades on fifteen-century pilaster with an octagonal section, covered by open air trusses. On the walls one may admire frescos by Pomarancio portraying "Storie di Martiri", showing raw realism. Very interesting are the presbyterial ornaments. The arch of the apse has mosaics of the 9th century with the Annunciation, the Transfiguration, and the Theotokos (Madonna and child).

The church also contains a Cosmatesque choir with two lions attributed to the Vassallettos’ shop, remodeled during the Gothic period, medieval ambo, a dorsal consisting of a marble niche that bears the incision of a long passage from the XXVIII homily by San Gregorio, who pronounced it on the tomb of the two saints, a 15th century marble candlestick and etc. In front of a simple facade is a granite column with a cross. The church is assigned to the priests Philippinians of Vallicella.

Address:
Church of Santi (SS.) Nereo and Achilleo
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, 28
00153, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione San Saba (Piramide) (Roma centro) / Rione Celio (Terme di Caracalla) (Roma centro)
Church of Santi (SS.) Nereo and Achilleo is Shown By "Map K Zone" As "85"
Hours: Open 10:00am-12:00pm 04:00pm-06:00pm. Closed Tuesday.
Bus: 160-628
Telephone: 0039 06 5757996
Fax: 0039 06 6873124
Guided tours: upon booking tel. 06.5757996.

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