Santa Maria in Cosmedin

Piazza della Bocca della Verità - 00186 Rome
Ripa [R.XII]
Centro Storico [1A]

Erected in the 6th century on an ancient temple of the Flavian age, it was given to a colony of Greeks, who, having escaped the persecutions of the East, settled near the Tiber.
From them it had the name of Santa Maria in Schola Greca; it was then called in Cosmedin, Greek word meaning "ornament", for the ornaments made by Hadrian I.

Transformed by Nicolò I in the IX century, it was restored by Gelasio II and by Callisto II in the XII century; subsequently altered by renovations, between 1896 and 1899 it was restored by Gian Battista Giovenale, who had to sacrifice the eighteenth-century facade of Giuseppe Sardi.

The beautiful seven-storey Romanesque bell tower, with mullioned windows and mullioned windows, which enriches the building, dates back to the XII century.

The interior with three naves, with four pillars and 18 columns (of different origins, with beautiful capitals), is richly covered with marble, with inlaid floor and beautiful decorations, such as the episcopal "chair" and the Gothic "canopy" of the the main altar, by Deodato, and the red granite altar.

In the entrance, under the portico, the monument of Alfano, who took care of the restoration of that period on behalf of Callisto II (1119-1124). On the left of the porch is the Bocca Della Verità.

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