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San Crisogono

San Crisogono (84)

San Crisogono is a clear example that you should not be fooled by appearances. Its simple façade means that on many occasions tourists pass by this large church. 

The current building dates from the 12th century, and was built over the remains of an old 5th-century basilica. In fact, the Paleochristian ruins of this basilica are still conserved and can be visited. 

San Crisogono was decorated by Pietro Cavallini and still preserves the mosaic that was made for the apse, which dates from the 13th century and is called “The Virgin among the Saints”.

Also look at the Cosmatesque floor, one of the most beautiful in the city, and its bell tower, one of the few in existence with a triangular form. 

You should also look at the Chapel of the Holy Sacrament, situated at the back of the right nave, since this in another work by Bernini.

If you are on your trip in July, you will certainly coincide with the festival of Noialtri. During this festival, the image of “The Virgin of Mount Carmel” is taken on a procession around the city, later being kept for eight days in this church. 

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