Basilica of Saint Mary in Cosmedin - Rome

The Basilica of Saint Mary in Cosmedin was built in the 6th century during the Byzantine Papacy over the remains of the Templum Herculis Pompeiani in the Forum Boarium. Thanks to the rich decorations Hadrian provided for the interior, the church received the adjective cosmedin (from the Greek kosmidion), meaning ornate. Sadly virtually none of this survives to this day, though the church had been restored to its original appearance, with a few additions dating back to the 12th century. Asides from its beautiful frescos and mosaic flooring, the Basilica of Saint Mary in Cosmedin is also famous for the Bocca della Verità, ‘Mouth of Truth’, a large marble mask, dating back to Ancient Rome. According to the medieval legend, if a liar placed his hand its mouth, it would be bitten off.


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Address : Piazza della Bocca della Verita 18 186 Rome Italy

Subway : Metro B : Circo Massimo

Bus : Bus : C3, H, 30, 44, 63, 95, 130, 160, 170, 271, 628, 630, 715, 716, 780, 781. Tram 8 : Argentina, Arenula

Phone : +39 066781419

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