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Santi Quattro Coronati

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The name of this convent, Four Crowned Saints, refers to the four soldiers and five sculptors who were murdered for refusing to pray before a pagan god and sculpt his image. This story is reflected in the fresco in the building’s apse.

Built in the 4th century, it was rebuilt in 1084, after the Normans had burnt down the area, which explains why it looks more like a castle than a church. 

In the Chapel of Santa Barbara you can see medieval frescos, and it is well worth visiting the lovely cloister garden, one of the oldest in Rome.

To see the frescos of the Chapel of San Silvestre, in the adjoining convent, you need to ring the bell and make a donation so that the nun gives you a key to get in with. You will not regret it. The fresco of “Scenes from the Life of Constantine”, in which Pope Sylvester is shown curing the poor Constantine, is wonderful. 

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