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Basilica di Santa Sabina

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Address: Piazza Pietro d'Iliria, 1, 00153 Rome, Italy
Phone Number: 06 574 3573
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The Santa Sabina is the Home of the Dominican order, and is the oldest basilica in Rome. The thought of the construction effort and the devotion of the early Christians is moving.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Mike K
Phoenix, Arizona

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Santa Sabina is the Home of the Dominican order, and is the oldest basilica in Rome. The thought of the construction effort and the devotion of the early Christians is moving.

Thank Mike K
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 328 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After four days and countless churches in Rome you do start to get confused and like the others this one is very nice albeit nowhere near as lavish (ostentatious) as the larger ones.

Thank PeterAZ
Frankfurt, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

Not only Santa Sabina - the Aventin with his nice villas and houses, and the churches - Santa Prisca, Santa Sabina, Sant'Allesio and Sant'Anselmo can be enjoyed - without traffic and noise. Just spend a morning or an afternoon on this hill and enjoy also the lovely panorama from the park aside Santa Sabina.

Thank JSalus
Tampa, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We were staying on Aventine Hill during our Honeymoon trip to Europe. This treasure was just a few minutes walk from our hotel. Not far from the Keyhole overlooking St. Peter's Basilica, we strolled into this gem. The doors were open, there were a few nuns inside, but no one interrupted us. This church was beautiful, peaceful, and emotional. The... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Tucked away on the Aventine Hill, you will find this historical church. Santa Sabina is the oldest existing Roman basilica in Rome that still has its original colonnaded rectangular floor plan and style. This is a very open, airy and light filled church. The Dominican friars still serve the church, and live in the adjacent Monastic Friary. St. Dominic himself... More 

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Helsinki, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

The Basilica of Saint Sabina on the Aventine Hill in Rome must be one of the most beautiful and also touching churches I've ever been to... The atmosphere is very calm and you don't feel like talking, just absorbing the feel of this little church and it's wonderful simplicity. Make sure you visit this lovely place as well as the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Santa Sabina is the oldest basilica in Rome that preserves its original form. It is named for a martyr in the time of either Vespasian (ca. 70) or Hadrian (ca. 130) and was built atop the Aventine Hill in the early Fifth century by a Peter of Illyria (Illyria is now Croatia and Serbia). How do we know this? We... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

You step into this very old building through wooden doors. It's very peaceful and silent. A lovely place to visit

Thank Rose M
Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

One of the best things about this basilica (which was built around 430 AD), is the fact that it has essentially been unaltered since then. While the Roman forum and coliseum are worth a visit, I find Santa Sabina (along with the Pantheon) much more fascinating. Also, the garden beside the basilica (to the north) offer a great view of... More 

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

A lovely place - far from the crowds. The surroundings too are worth a walk around - they include a lovely orange tree park from where you have a superb view over Rome.

Thank kim s

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Contrary to the chaos of the city, the Aventine is Rome’s oasis. A neighborhood made up of a patchwork of ancient churches, hidden gardens, private homes and embassies, peace and quiet is top priority and the vibe definitely friends and family. Take a walk around the Aventine and you’ll find a treasure hunt of surprises like the clever little keyhole at the Knights of Malta entrance (the only place you’ll find a line) along with Parco Savello (Giardino degli Aranci) next to the ancient Santa Sabina church. Keep your eyes on the 1960s architecture, several modern buildings are built atop Rome’s original 4th century BC wall.
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