Santi Cosma e Damiano


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This small church on the fringe of the Forum incorporates the library of Vespasian's temple of Peace and the temple of Romulus (visible through the glass panel that forms the front wall; the drop in level is a reminder of the centuries of sediment and muck that swallowed up the Forum). It has a wonderful sixth-century mosaic in the apse: Saints Peter and Paul stand one on each side of the vast figure of Christ descending from the clouds, presenting Saints Cosma and Damian (the patron saints of doctors) to Jesus. On the far left, Pope Felix IV holds a model of the church; on the far right stands St Theodore in memory of Theodoric the Great, who donated the temple of Romulus to the Pope.

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Santi Cosma e Damiano details

Via dei Fori Imperiali 1

Area Rome

Transport Metro Colosseo/bus 60Exp, 75, 85, 87, 117, 175, 571, 810, 850.

Telephone 06 692 0441

Open 9am-1pm, 3-7pm daily.

Admission free.