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Santa Maria in Cosmedin

Local name: Basilica di Santa Maria in Cosmedin

The Basilica of Santa Maria in Cosmedin is a Roman Catholic church located in Rome. A valuable relic is kept in the church - the skull of Saint Valentine. The church has numerous paintings from the period from the eighth to the twelfth century. Made of red granite, the altar dates from 1123. In the basement of the building you can see the remains of the temple of Cerera. The name of the church refers to the Kosmidion monastery located in Constantinople. The belfry of the church is the highest medieval belfry in Rome

The temple was founded in the sixth century using the ancient ruins that were in this place. Initially, it was used by Greek people settled in Rome. The church underwent renovation in the 19th century. Then its interior was decorated with frescoes.

In the vestibule of the church there is the famous medallion Mouth of Truth - Boca de Verita. In Santa Maria in Cosmedin, one of the scenes of the popular film "Roman Holiday" was shot.


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Piazza della Bocca della Verità 1800186 Rome , Italy