Basilica of Saint Stephen in the Round on the Celian Hill - Rome

Santo Stefano Rotondo is an ancient Romanesque basilica built at the end of the 5th century. Its circular form is of course inspired by the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. In the centre, a tambour measuring 22-metres high with a 22-metre diameter crowns the consecrated area. Inside, 16th century frescos by Tempesta can be seen alongside the altar by Rossellino and the 6th century mosaic decorations in the apse. Other mosaics dating from the 7th century are to be found in the Chapel of Santi Primo e Feliciano. There are also examples of Cosmatesque-style marble decorations in the church. It is a very interesting and original place where archaeological excavations are on-going. Ancient military barracks and a shrine to Mithras have been uncovered.


Monday-Friday from 9 am - 12 midday.

Address : Via Santo Stefano Rotondo, 7 184 Rome Italy

Subway : Station: Colosseo :Line B

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