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Chiesa di San Silvestro in Capite

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Chiesa di San Silvestro in Capite

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Piazza di San Silvestro, 17A, 00100 Rome Italy
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dapper777 wrote a review Oct 2020
Monaco22,679 contributions2,298 helpful votes
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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.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Alison wrote a review Oct 2020
Scotland, United Kingdom8 contributions9 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Mick Tipperary wrote a review May 2020
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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.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Steveage wrote a review Mar 2020
Rexburg, Idaho3,292 contributions384 helpful votes
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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.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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backpacker31 wrote a review Mar 2020
Boynton Beach, Florida5,376 contributions1,008 helpful votes
Very unique church in the fact that you first pass through the front facade, then enter an open air atrium (where the walls are lined with fragments from Roma Antica) before proceeding through the doors into the main sanctuary. The current structure dates back to the 17th century. The interior is richly decorated, featuring lots of marble, frescoes and gilding. The side chapels contain several impressive sculptures and paintings.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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