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Basilica of San Giovanni e Paolo Al Celio

Basilica of San Giovanni e Paolo Al Celio




A beautiful church, close to Bellezza al Colosseo B&B and Colosseum Terrace Suite, which encloses Roman houses with frescoes

This basilica (among other things already beautiful) is one of the churches that contains a small treasure: Roman houses with luxurious frescoes and scenes of Christian life
The church was built from 398 A.D. on the remains of another building of the 2nd century by Pammachius, the son of a senator: it was the place of the martyrdom of two brothers John and Paul, which occurred in 362 A.D.
It was repeatedly damaged and plundered by the Visigoths in 410 and by Robert Giuscardo in 1084. Pope Pasquale II in 1099 restored it, added the beautiful bell tower.
In 1715 Cardinal Paoulucci restored it further and gave it the beautiful post Baroque connotation
The interior consists of a large nave 44 meters long and 14 wide and two small lateral aisles 7 meters wide.
Above the entrance is located the beautiful organ of the 1856
The Roman houses
In 1887 the rector of the basilica, Father Germano, began excavations in search of the tomb where the bodies of the two brothers martyrs John and Paul were buried and found 20 rooms, of which 13 paintings with frescoes of Christian themes, pagans and the nature of five different buildings built between the I and the IV century. These two buildings had on the ground floor some shops and on the first floor the real dwellings, built in the 1st century. Later, in the third centuries the two buildings were assembled in a single large noble property and transformed into a rich domus, with luxurious and frescoed interiors.
With the construction of the basilica from 398 A.D., these houses were buried and became the foundations of the church, forgotten until they were found in 1887.
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