Chiesa di San Silvestro in Capite

Chiesa di San Silvestro in Capite, Rome

Chiesa di San Silvestro in Capite

Chiesa di San Silvestro in Capite
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Neighborhood: Colonna
Frantic fashionistas, pedicured politicos, goal-oriented tourists, and on-the-go locals cross paths every day in Colonna, a delightful chaos in the very center of the city. Even though it has some of the city’s loveliest sites—a 2nd century column, Belle Epoque shopping center, and a magnificent Baroque parliament building—Colonna is not just another pretty face, but the cosmopolitan eye of Rome’s cultural storm. Colonna can safely say it has the best of Rome: museums, boutiques, window displays, restaurants, cafes, and people watching.
How to get there
  • Spagna • 6 min walk
  • Barberini - Fontana di Trevi • 9 min walk
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Alison
Scotland, UK8 contributions
This church is located at the back of a courtyard across from the piazza with the same name. The courtyard itself is fascinating and every wall has relics of stonework of former parts of the building.
Stepping into the church there is a powerful atmosphere of holiness, difficult to describe but you have to sit and pray and take time to contemplate baptism and what that means to YOU personally.
Written October 3, 2020
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Noraatc
Sudbury, MA30,454 contributions
Solo
Located in the heart of Rome, this gem of a church, which dates back to the 8th century, was beautifully rebuilt at the very end of the 16th century and is a perfect example of the most lavish Baroque style.

You start in the tiny courtyard with the relics from the Catacombs on display and then enter the church completely unprepared for the opulence of its stunning interior. Everything is gorgeous: the ceiling, the chapels, the high altar... marble, gold, frescoes are so abundant but not overwhelming.

And the Romanesque campanile dates back to the 12th century.

How nice to discover such a treasure and admire it without oppressive tourist crowds!
Written January 23, 2020
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dapper777
Monaco32,182 contributions
Friends
The church is not very big, but certainly unique and really well inserted in the context of the surrounding square, which has been redesigned in recent years rather badly.
It is characterized by the beautiful and very particular bell tower in red bricks in the background.
Originally built in the eighth century, it was then modified in the second half of the nineteenth century, with the structure that we can admire today.
Among the architects who participated in the construction of the church are to remember Carlo Maderno, Carlo Rainaldi, M. De Rossi.
Very interesting is the courtyard with the archaeological finds posted on the walls. Both externally and internally it is really well cared for.
Worth a stop.
Written October 10, 2020
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Steveage
Rexburg, ID3,270 contributions
As you walk in, pay attention to all the decor in the courtyard, excavated stone reliefs from under San Silvestro is on display. Even medieval frescoes are on walls outside the church. Then you walk into gaudy, gorgeous, Michelangelo influenced interior. The gilding is incredible. Paintings predominantly from the 17th century. The high altar completed in 1518. The real kicker, in a side entrance to the church... the skull (or part of the skull) of John the Baptist!! Is it really? I don't know, it could be! It's really old, I know that. Anyway, the baroque flair of this magnificent church is not to be missed.
Written March 31, 2020
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Mick Tipperary
23 contributions
Family
Hi. just a note to say this is a beautiful Irish run church in the centre of Rome. Also run by very nice priests and brothers. Thanks for the peace and quiet from the hustle and bustle of beautiful Rome. also the Mass is done very nicely.
Written May 13, 2020
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Domenic T
Atlanta, GA15 contributions
Couples
This church is managed by Pallotine priests from Ireland and have mass in English at 10 AM on Sundays. While my wife and I were sitting in the pew before mass, we were approached by the presiding preist who was very kind and asked if one of us would be willing to do one of the readings. I nervously obliged and am very happy that I did. Needless to say, participating as a lector in Rome was certainly an experience I will never forget.

The cantor (an Irish tenor of course) and the worshipers sang the hymns a cappella, and it was beautiful. The church interior is incredible although you would never know it from the outside. The vault and walls are covered with beautiful art and the chapel immediately to the left when you walk in contains the relic of the head of John the Baptist.

If you are an english-speaker (Catholic or otherwise) I would highly reccomend stopping by for mass. It is definitely a great experience.
Written June 4, 2014
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Helen H
Oxford, UK88 contributions
I was referred to Fr John Fitzpatrick at San Silvestro in Capite and inquired whether we could get married there. We are a couple from Britain who decided Rome would be a wonderful place to marry, if it was possible. Once Fr John said yes, our plans started and just over a year later, we had the most wonderful day of our lives with close family, best friends and two priests from Britain who joined us to concelebrate the wedding. Fr John was extremely helpful throughout the sometimes tricky arrangements (especially with Italian paperwork) but it went very smoothly and I would do it all over again in a heartbeat. A day that all concerned will remember for a very long time.
Written September 8, 2018
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CharlieW72
Dublin, Ireland75 contributions
Couples
This Church is very special to me as I was married there 38 years ago. From the minute you walk into the courtyard you are surrounded by history & amazing art. Once inside the church itself you immediately are in awe of your surroundings.Beautiful paintings & an a glorious altar,just breathtaking & spectacular. We were greeted by Fr John who showed us our wedding details in the records from 1981.A wonderful man who gives his time freely with a smile.To the left of the main door is a quiet area for prayer in front of the relic of John the Baptist.I would recommend a visit to this special place when in Rome.
Written November 12, 2019
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MarksTwoCents
Phoenix, AZ167 contributions
Raised Catholic I happened in by chance and profoundly moved to discover the head of John the Baptist in the reliquery! No sooner had I realized that, I heard the mass beginning so I stayed. Wow.
Written June 14, 2016
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Padraig Keogh
Western Ireland, Ireland108 contributions
This is definitely one of my favourite places to visit in Rome. It is steeped in history, has the most beautiful murals and a magnificent entrance courtyard. It is situated in a lovely small and sheltered piazza. Owned by the Irish congregation of the Pallottine Fathers this is a special chuch which facilitates many weddings and the Philipino community in Rome. St. John the Baptist's head is in the first chapel on the left when you first enter. Well worth a visit but be warned restaurants nearby are very expensive.
Written January 26, 2015
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