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Address: V. di Santo Stefano Rotondo 7, 00184 Rome, Italy
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A Round Church Not for the Faint

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 6, 2014
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Rome, Italy
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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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Perugia, Italy
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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2012

St. Stephan is, as the name suggests a round church, that is "in the round". There are very few ancient churches that have this style--the Pantheon would be another. But unlike that church, this one maintains a central altar. Unfortunately, some very modern lights are no hanging from the ceiling. Worse yet, when I visited there was some strange exhibit... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2012

A little off the beaten path, down Via Claudia to Via di Santo Stefano Rotondo, 7 lies a very old church, est 4th to 5th century. The walls of this minor basilica, built in a circular plan, are lined with 34 frescoes of matyred saints, one of my favorite subjects. It is great fun to circle the inner walls identifying... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2011

The round design of the San Stefano is in itself highly unusual and, together with its relatively austere interior, makes for a refreshing contrast with many of the baroque churches in the city. Plenty of historical information on this church can be found on the internet and in tourist guides, so I will not bother you with that. The main... More 

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