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Basilica of Saint Mary in Cosmedin - abcRoma.com

Location and History

The Church of Saint Mary in Cosmedin was constructed by Pope Hadrian I in the 6th Century on the site of an ancient Roman temple to Hercules Invictus.

Description

The current interior has a nave with two aisles divided by four pilasters and eighteen ancient columns.
The main altar is a red granite piece also dates from the 12th Century and the fabulous Easter candelabrum from the 13th Century.
In the sacristy there is a precious 8th-century mosaic fragment brought here from the Old St Peter’s Basilica.
The church contains, located in its porch, an ancient sculpture entitled "La Bocca della Verita", "Mouth of Truth". Its name and popularity derive from a medieval legend that if a liar placed his hand in its mouth, it would be bitten off.
Its bell tower is the tallest medieval belfry in Rome.

  • Realization by

Giovanni Battista Giovenale (Architetto) restaurò la chiesa nel 1899 riportando la chiesa al suo aspetto romanico originario che ancora oggi conserva.

  • Commissioned by

Adriano I (Pontefice) la fece ricostruire alla fine dell'VIII secolo sopra le rovine dell'edificio romano dell'Annona, di cui la chiesa incorporò la struttura e il colonnato, dividendola in tre navate e abbellendola di splendide decorazioni.
Nicolò I (Pontefice) fece aggiungere alla chiesa una sagrestia, l'oratorio e una residenza diaconale.
Giovanni Francesco Albani

Other:

Carlo Maratta (Pittore), Deodato Di Cosma (Scultore), Giacomo Triga (Pittore), Giovanni Da Venezia (Scultore), Luca Carimini (Architetto)

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Mouth of Truth
Distance: 2 meters

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  • Nearby museums

Distance: 47 meters



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