Basilica San Sebastiano Fuori le Mura

Basilica San Sebastiano Fuori le Mura

Basilica San Sebastiano Fuori le Mura
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The Spanish Steps Apartment
Rome, Italy32,535 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Dedicated to Saint Sebastian, the martyr shot full of arrows, with a simple façade and a lovely interior. Inside is an amazing bust of Christ as the “Salvator Mundi” (Savior of the World), only recently recognized as being the last work of the great sculptor Bernini. The coffered wooden ceiling is particularly lovely, as is the beautifully decorated Albani chapel. There is also the sensual marble sculpture of Saint Sebastian by Giuseppe Giorgetti. The church also has the original stone slab from the Quo Vadis, which is supposedly the footprints of Jesus when he met Saint Peter and relics relating to Saint Sebastian. A lovely, quiet church, well worth a visit.
Written November 20, 2023
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tosl
Jersey City, NJ876 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Nice church next to the catacombs dedicated to Saint Sebastian. You learn about his martyrdom on the tour and end in his quiet. solemn church. The have Bernini's last work, Bust of the Savior, also.
Written April 7, 2024
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TravelerCentralFLA
Clermont, FL1,699 contributions
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Mar 2019 • Family
We visited the Basilica of San Sebastiano while in Rome. The church stands over an entrance to one of the older catacombs in Rome. Originally Sebastian (a Christian martyr executed by Diocletian) was laid to rest in the catacombs. Today his remains are inside the church where they are considered relics by the church authorities.
The interior of the church is pretty, but it is not too unusual from many other churches in Europe. Three things stand out inside the Basilica. The first is the remains of Sebastian. The second is a spot that contains relics from the legendary Quo Vadis incident in the life of the Apostle Peter. Also within the screened area of the Quo Vadis footprints is one of the darts allegedly shot into Sebastian.
The third item is the most interesting in my opinion. That is the Salvator Mundi sculpture by Bernini. Salvator Mundi means Savior of the world and the sculpture is a bust of Bernini's representation of Jesus. The bust is not remarkable for its historical depiction of Jesus (the man represented in the bust looks European and Jesus was a Middle Eastern Jewish man). What is remarkable is the artistic masterpiece of the sculpture. The way Bernini sculpted the piece, it looks like you can see motion. It has a motion and warmth that makes it feel almost alive. it is amazing. This is also reported to be Bernini's last sculpture. It is definitely worth seeing.
Written March 26, 2019
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dapper777
Monaco63,648 contributions
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Oct 2020 • Friends
The Basilica of St Sebastian outside the Walls is located along the Via Appia Antica, between the Caffarella Park and the Catacombs of St Sebastian and is part of the so-called Tour of the Seven Churches, a traditional route practiced by pilgrims from all over the world on the occasion of the Jubilee.
The basilica stands in the place where, according to tradition, the remains of Sts. Peter and Paul were brought during the Christian persecution. For this reason the original name of the church was "Basilica Apostolorum", the Basilica of the Apostles, before being dedicated to St Sebastian, buried in the catacombs below, at the end of the third century.
For fear of an attack by the Ottomans, in 826 AD. the saint's remains were transferred to St. Peter's Basilica. And it was a good thing, since the attack happened for real, causing the destruction of the church.
The Basilica was subsequently rebuilt by Pope Nicholas I, while the martyr's altar was rededicated by Pope Honorius III at the request of the Cistercian monks, who took care of the church.
Usually the saint was portrayed while he was tied to a tree but in the chapel dedicated to him in the basilica in 1672, Giuseppe Giorgetti preferred to show the saint lying on the ground in a pose which shows the influence of works by Gian Lorenzo Bernini.
Inside the basilica we can admire a recently found bust by Bernini, the Salvator Mundi, absolutely unmissable. This work, of which there was no certain information, was only recently recognized as the original piece of art by Bernini, his last one.
There are also very interesting relics such as the footprints of Jesus in the famous episode of "Domine Quo Vadis?"
It is a Basilica of great artistic and historic interest with a spectacular coffered ceiling, a wooden crucifix in the old sacristy on the left side of the church, and the beautifully decorated Albani chapel with the statue of Pope St. Fabian.
But the jewel of the site is the catacombs below.
A must visit: the whole spectacular set in the splendid framework of Via Appia Antica
Written November 1, 2020
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phat_dawg_21
Alpharetta, GA15,050 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
The church is not particularly impressive from the outside, but the interior is interesting. The ceiling is very beautiful.

It contains the original “Footprints” of Jesus from the Church of Domine Quo Vadis.
Written May 2, 2019
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StevieRex
Dubai, United Arab Emirates5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Family
I got married in this Basilica, and come back every year. Beautiful inside and outside.
Overwhelming with artifacts and religious items.
The catacombs are really impressive.
The only glitch i can find is that it lacks a bit more of touristic flavor ( curio shop too small etc.) In that sense i was glad to find this year a new great touristic initiative: A bike rental that allows to enjoy the stunning Appia Antica road.
I have used it and will do again in August, at sunset perhaps.
Written July 12, 2016
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John B
Waltham, MA633 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Couples
While taking a walk along the Appian Way, we stopped into this church and found some wonderful sculptures and frescoes. The catacombs weren't open (it was a Sunday - the day much of the Appia Antica is closed to traffic) but the church was worth a quick visit.
Written August 14, 2017
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ExplorerGoddess
Sydney, Australia502 contributions
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Sep 2016 • Couples
This Basilica is in the same area as the catacombs of St Sebastian. It's not much from the outside but is attractive inside and houses some relics associated with St Sebastian, including an arrow he was allegedly shot with and part of the column he was tied to.
It also has the stone allegedly imprinted with Jesus' footprints related to the St Peter fleeing Rome story.
Worth stopping in when walking along the Appian Way.
Written October 6, 2016
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Carpense
Carpi, Italy3,487 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Very ancient Constantinian origins for this evocative Roman basilica, which overlooks the historic and fascinating Via Appia Antica and which is directly connected to the celebrated Catacombs of San Callisto, the largest in Rome. Precisely to constitute an access to the venerated catacombs and to guard the venerated relics of San Sebastiano and San Fabiano Papa, it was included since the dawn of the Jubilees among the Seven Churches, which Roman pilgrims had to visit to gain the indulgence of Holy Year. Today it presents itself in an elegant 17th century architectural guise, which dominates any older structure. Single nave interior with side chapels and coffered ceiling with significant decorative apparatus. Of extraordinary artistic value is Bernini's bust, depicting the "Salvator Mundi", the last of the sculptures of the great master, which refers to the shining Bernini bust depicting Duke Francesco I d'Este in the Pinacoteca Estense in Modena. Among the most touching and notable relics are one of the arrows that hit Saint Sebastian and, above all, the stone fragment that preserves the footprints of the Redeemer, left on the pavement of the consular road during the poignant meeting with the Apostle Peter, which went down in history with title of “Domine, quo vadis?”. A unique experience, deeply moving.
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Written March 4, 2024
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Fiorella P
Rome, Italy781 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Family
The Appia Antica and the Basilica of San Sebastiano are a frequent destination for my husband and me. Bernini's work, "Salvator Mundi" is a bewitching vision.
But, returning after the exhibition at Fiumicino airport, she is caged and badly too, because there are reflections that disturb the work.
Do you see the difference between before and after?
Let's go back to before, please! 🌸
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Written September 29, 2023
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