Sant Agnese fuori le Mura
Sant Agnese fuori le Mura
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This church has had a long history, from the first basilica that was dedicated to St. Agnes at the site of her grave by Constantia during Roman times, a new church built under Pope Honorius in the seventh century, and the most recent major renovation completed under Pope Blessed Pius IX (1846-1878.)
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Neighborhood: Trieste
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  • Sant'Agnese - Annibaliano • 4 min walk
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inspired21
Hoboken, NJ20 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
I came to visit the mausoleum and the catacombs. They have a tour schedule of the catacombs with times for different languages. 12 Saturday in English. To my great disappointment they told me they would do the tour in German even though there is a tour at 11 in German because they had 4 German speakers and I was the only English speaker. I don’t understand one word of German so I could not see the catacombs. So if you show up and are outnumbered by people who speak a different language, good luck. Not a very honest practice to advertise a schedule by language and not honor it.
Written October 28, 2023
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Windowseatview
London, UK386 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Solo
This site is a little out of the way but it is easily visited (and it's really worth the trip, doesn't take long), by getting off at Metro stop St. Agnese/Annibaliano on a branch of the B metro line) and a very short walk up the hill. The church is important because it's built on top of the excavated tomb of St Agnese. The church was originally accessed through the upper gallery as that was the original ground level, the lower (now ground), level was dug into the underground catacomb and around the tomb, this is the same unusual arrangement we see at St. Lorenzo fuori le Mura, over in Verano, where they did the same over the tomb of St.Lorenzo. The church is full of reused elements from classical temples, it's worth looking for the varied forms and materials used in the capitals and columns on the nave. The figure of the Saint in the apse is itself a reused classical statue with later bronze additions of the Saint's palm leaf and her symbol the Lamb. Adjacent to the church is the round mausoleum/church of St. Constanza, with its beautiful 4th Century mosaics (free access), and the entrance to the catacombs of St Agnese (small fee charged). On the day I visited, there were no other tourists so I had a private tour given by a very friendly and helpful guide. The catacombs lack the beauty of the paintings in the nearby St.Priscilla catacomb but are sometimes more affecting (a carved ham marking the grave of an illiterate butcher,) in its records of working-class life and death, many of the burial niches are unopened and the dead are sometimes still very much present and visible here. The tour culminates under the altar within the church at the site of the Saint's burial (alongside Saint Emerentiana another child martyr - both saints' heads are actually in other churches; Saint Agnese's can be seen in St. Agnese in Agone in Piazza Navona). The mosaics in the church are lovely and there are several interesting side chapels. An interesting place to visit if you've seen much of Rome or are a regular visitor, this site repays your curiosity with interest.
Written February 11, 2019
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Minver
Chicago1 contribution
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As a 13 year old girl, I found the legend of St. Agnes particularly moving. As a 13 year old girl with long hair, I loved standing over the stone where it is said that St. Agnes' hair miraculously grew. I would advise any parent with a little girl visiting Rome to see this site. The ending of the story is a bit tragic for some, but the whole Rapunzelean quality of the story and its artifacts are very magical. I am 24 and returning and planning to visit this site again.
Written November 2, 2008
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Maarten D
Sint-Lievens-Houtem, Belgium2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Family
You don't have to make the trip just to see the church. There are enough beautifull churches in the city centre. I went there to see the catacombs (because of the positive comments I read). Unfortunally, the catacombs were already closed when I got there. I post a photo with the tour info of the catacombs so you don't have the same problem.
Written September 21, 2015
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ShadowTours
Ashurst Wood, UK148 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Couples
This is worth the trip especially if you can’t stand the hourds of desperate tourists at the main roman sites. The church is a tiny 7th century gem, the catacombs tour is short but interesting but the crowning glory is the mausoleum. Stunning for being so intact.
Well worth the effort. We walked down to Mussolini’s villa afterwards for lunch and to visit the palazzo which is now a museum. Stunning too. I think we were the only people in the st Agnes complex and we enjoyed every second of the peace.
Written March 23, 2018
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Junius T
Olive Branch, MS149 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Family
We loved the catacombe tour. Lasted 30-45 minutes, great for short attention spans. Inexpensive - I think 8 euro for adults, 5 euro for children. Small group. No microphone, no earbuds needed, the guide talked directly to the group. The guide is easy to understand (english). Knowledgable, passionate, pleasant guide. Historic, old basilica's. Where tickets are purchased they have a small gift shop with some inexpensive souvenirs like charms for 1 or 2 euro.
The skull of St. Agnese is kept in the basilica in Piazza Novona. The whole St. Agnese story is very interesting and touching, she was just a 12 y/o girl.
Metro subway station is about a 5 minute walk away from the entrance. Be sure to check the web for hours and days they are open before you go. Opens at 9am, takes a long lunch and closes around 4pm. Cannot make reservations, tickets only purchased at the door.
Written June 9, 2017
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Meili B
Kansas47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Couples
We wouldn't even have gone here if we hadn't been staying right across the street. So glad we did!

Between the ancient mausoleum of Constanza (daughter of Constantine), the beautiful St. Agnese (minor) basilica, and the absolutely amazing catacomb tour under the grounds, it was my favorite church in all of Rome.

Our tour guide for the catacombs spoke very good English, and had been a tour guide at the Vatican previously. She was extremely knowledgeable about the site, and about the history of the area. We were with a small group of 6, and the tour was available about every hour and a half on weekdays.

The mausoleum is a round building, and has beautiful mosaics inside on the ceiling. It was originally built to hold the sarcophagus of Constanza, of which there is a replica inside. The actual sarcophagus, made of beautiful purple marble, is now housed in the Vatican. The church is so peaceful, and has a gorgeous golden mosaic featuring St. Agnese, the pope Honorius, and another unknown pope. It also has a display of many ancient inscriptions in marble that were part of the older, now ruined, ancient basilica. But the catacombs are really impressive. The inscriptions, which our guide explained, were like nothing I've ever seen in person. Amazing to me.... literally a thousand years old. She also talked about how the catacombs were used, and why.

This site, with the connection to Constantine (first Christian emperor), bridged the gap between the old religion of Rome with gods & goddesses, to Rome's importance as the "home" of Christianity.

Since I did not know the story of St. Agnese before this trip, I was so interested in her life, and in why she was executed. We ended up visiting BOTH of the churches dedicated to her, this one, St. Agnese fuori le Mura, and the one in Piazza Navona, St. Agnese en Agoni. At the larger, busier church in Piazza Navona, the relic of St. Agnese's skull is on display. Very inspiring.

So glad that we stayed just across the street in the Domus Agnese guesthouse, which was also wonderful... much better than a hotel. See this church if you are in Rome. Totally worthwhile.
Written May 1, 2015
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msgtp
Rapid City, SD508 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We always stay at the Domus Agnese apartments that are across the street from this serene basilica(minor). A very pleasant and quiet place for viewing ancient art (murals), paying respects to the saint protector of young girls, and catching your breath before having Rome overwhelm you. If you are in the area (via Nomentana and via S'Agnese) it is well worth a quick and normally crowdless 20 minute stop.
Written August 15, 2014
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ILikeCheckingBags
Minneapolis, MN210 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014 • Family
I loved the Mausoleo di Santa Costanza on this site. It is located in the back half of the property away from the street. The way the light streams in and the low lighting make it an enchanting and mystical experience. Somehow, the longevity of its presence as a spiritual site inspires more reverence for God. The catacombs tour at this church is less visited and significantly easier to get to than the Appian way sites (short taxi from central Rome or a few minutes walk from some of the metro stops). The catacombs tour provides all the essentials and really gives you a sense of how these sites were developed. The opening times are a bit more difficult to connect but the guide speaks great English and the tour groups are almost assuredly going to be small. The Cathedral itself is not as "impressive" as some of the other churches in Rome, but it still impressed me! I prefer the smaller sites because they offer more of an opportunity to connect with the surroundings and engage without feeling like you are a part of the herd. If you want to avoid some lines during the peak season; this cathedral is one way to do so!
Written March 31, 2014
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Family B
London, UK76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2014 • Family
We chose to visit the St Agnes catacombs as they are easy to get to, just a few subway stops from Termini. The tour only lasted about twenty minutes - but that was actually fine, there is only so much to see as the tombs are naturally very repetitive. The tour was just us - I don't think it is a busy "attraction" as it is less well known. Guide spoke very good English. Recommended if you want to experience catacombs in a small group.
Written March 2, 2014
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