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Santo Stefano Rotondo

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Address: Via di Santo Stefano Rotondo 7, 00184 Rome, Italy
Phone Number: 0039-06-42119130
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Interesting, off the beaten path, destination

The Santo Stefano Rotondo is an interesting place to visit if you want to see some unusual artwork and architecture. The artwork is a series of frescos from the 1500's depicting... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Morris L
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Santo Stefano Rotondo is an interesting place to visit if you want to see some unusual artwork and architecture. The artwork is a series of frescos from the 1500's depicting the various ways that Christian martyrs were killed. They are not your typical religious art. They are graphic and somewhat gruesome (parents might not want to take your young... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Even though I have been 4 times to Rome before I have never stumbled upon this small jewel before. This church is quite peculiar as it is round and it does offer nice frescos. worth a visit and it is just a small detour on your way to san giovanni laterano.

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

There are lots of things to like about this church. It is set back from the street, so you enter into a beautiful courtyard with the church just ahead of you. It is, as the name implies, round, and therefore different than any of the other churches we visited. It is a very simple church, with a unique and beautiful... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016 via mobile

Such an odd place but so glad we visited. Ghoulish displays of all the ways people had been put to death are the complete decorations of this interesting circular church. So very bizarre and yet compelling. You do wonder if the creators enjoyed the ideas of death a bit too much, and what marketing message was the church going for... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

We spent couple hours trying to find this church - we were told that Diarmuid, a son of Brian Boru (a King in Ireland during Viking times) was buried here. We were total "Doubting Thomas" but went along anyway and we did find a plaque on the wall confirming this! (see photo) . So glad we visited here - like... More 

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Belleville, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2016

San Stefano was formerly a pagan temple built in the 5th century. It's a "church-in-the-round" for the lack of a better description. The frescoes, however, are what make this "church" so unique. It is worth the walk to view the unique images on the walls.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2016

Mid way between Lateran and Colloseum, stumbled upon this by chance. Amazing round church with gruesome frescoes all round the inside walls. For history or church lovers, or those looking for something other than the usual tourist sites, it's a must.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

This is one of the oldest, nicest and most unusual churches in Rome (for starters, it is round). The centuries' old frescos depict the various forms of martyrdom the early Christians suffered, but not too graphically. (You can imagine one of the bored-looking lions think "O no, not another Christian for dinner"). The church is often used for weddings and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

This is a little-known church in Rome that is well worth your visit. It is a round church, not like most others in Rome. The walls are covered with frescoes depicting - in exacting detail - the persecution of Christians. There are descriptions of who the people are in the frescoes, and what is happening to them - everything from... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

A totally unique church - it is the only early round Christian church in existence today. It was built to house the relics of St. Stephen. This church was built on top of a 2nd century Mithraic temple (currently being excavated). It was built as a copy to Jerusalem’s church of the Holy Sepulchre. It houses some odd things –... More 

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