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Santo Stefano Rotondo

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Address: V. di Santo Stefano Rotondo 7, 00184 Rome, Italy
Phone Number: 0039-06-42119130
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Another Early Christian Site in Modern Rome

A 0 minute walk down the Via Claudia from the Colosseum, or a 10 minute walk west from St. John Lateran along the Viale San Stefano Rotondo (keep the hospital on your left... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 20, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

A 0 minute walk down the Via Claudia from the Colosseum, or a 10 minute walk west from St. John Lateran along the Viale San Stefano Rotondo (keep the hospital on your left). Dates from the mid 4th century. Round in the style of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. Financed by a landowning family in the area... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

The church of Santa Pressede is my favorite in Rome, but this one comes very close to it! An unbelievably impressive and bloody frescoes! Various ways to torture someone can be found on those walls! It is interesting to note letters A - B - C - D - E on some of the frescoes and look for their meaning!... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

We ended up here almost by chance. The circular interior is impressive, plus the dramatic frescoes on the walls make a huge impression. It's one of those hidden spots that make this city so unique and magical, like no other place I've been to.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

It's not because the church is round that you might become queasy while visiting Santo Stefano. Rather, it is for the gruesome frescoes on the walls. They depict the various ways that Christians of note were martyred: limbs chopped, breasts cut off, boilings, hangings, crucifixions, being stretched and raked with a horrible-looking rake, animal attacks, etc. Unfortunately, many of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

After being disappointed in finding Santo Stefano Rotundo closed three years ago, we were finally able to visit this September. It's an amazing space, being one of the largest and oldest circular churches in existence. Incredibly the church was once much larger. The frescoes are rather gruesome, being scenes of martyrdom.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

The Basilica of Santo Stefano Rotondo on the Celian Hill is among the most beautiful buildings. let alone churches, I have ever visited. i would suggest looking up the church before visiting in order to be able to appreciate its historical and architectural significance.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

This was a truly interesting and spatially inspiring church. the plan is particularly unique with the 8 original entrances. Furthermore, if you can imagine the interior space without the central structure added in its truely an architectural wonder. Definitely wiki the brief history of the church before going because it becomes that much more impressive.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

We made yet another climb up the Celian Hill, and at last we found this amazingly historic and hallowed church open to visitors. Ongoing restoration in recent years has had the church unexpectedly closed at times. The Basilica of Saint Stephen in the Round on the Celian Hill (Basilica di Santo Stefano al Monte Celio) is an ancient basilica and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Along with Santa Costanza (also well worth the trip!) one of the few round churches in Rome, with fantastic if somewhat creepy frescoes, scenes of martyrdom captioned in Latin and Italian. Within walking distance of the Colosseum.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

This ancient Basilica of San Stefano Rotondo al Monte Celio dates all the way back to the 5th century. Just for the preservation of such a precious church from antiquity, this sight really should merit a five star review and hopefully will--if we can ever get to see the inside. We have been undaunted in making the ascent up the... More 

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Address: V. di Santo Stefano Rotondo 7, 00184 Rome, Italy
Phone Number: 0039-06-42119130
Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Lazio  >  Rome>  > Monti

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