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San Giovanni in Laterano

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The Catholic faithful earn indulgences for visits to this major basilica. Along with the Lateran palace, it was the site of the original papal headquarters...

Piazza San Giovanni in Laterano 4

San Gregorio Magno

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This impressive Baroque church with a grandiose staircase, finished by Giovanni Battista Soria in 1633, stands on the site of the home of one of the most...

Piazza di San Gregorio Magno 1

San Lorenzo fuori le Mura

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This spacious church, with its unusual chancel and ethereal light, gives a sense of calm, a feature of the Romanesque tradition to which it belongs. Like...

Piazzale del Verano 3

San Lorenzo in Lucina

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This 12th-century church was built on the site of a titulus, which in turn is believed to stand on the site of an ancient well sacred to Juno. The church's...

Piazza San Lorenzo in Lucina 16A

San Luigi dei Francesi

Critics' choice
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Completed in 1589, San Luigi (St Louis) is the church of Rome's French community. Most visitors ignore the gaudily lavish interior, and make a beeline for...

Piazza San Luigi dei Francesi
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San Marco

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There's a strong Venetian flavour to this church, which, according to local lore, was founded in 336 on the site of the house where St Mark the Evangelist -...

Piazza San Marco
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San Nicola in Carcere

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The 12th-century San Nicola was built over three Roman temples: dating from the second and third centuries BC, these were dedicated to two-faced Janus,...

Via del Teatro di Marcello 46

San Paolo fuori le Mura

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Constantine founded San Paolo to commemorate the martyrdom of St Paul at nearby Tre Fontane. The church has been destroyed, rebuilt and restored several...

Via Ostiense 184

San Pietro in Vincoli

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First mentioned in 431, the church was rebuilt in 439 by Sixtus III with backing from Emperor Valentian III's wife Eudoxia, and dedicated to Saints Peter...

Piazza di San Pietro in Vincoli 4A

San Sebastiano (church)

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Visitors usually ignore the fourth-century basilica built over the catacombs of the same name, though pilgrims on a tour of Rome's great basilicas...

Via Appia Antica 136

Santa Cecilia in Trastevere

Critics' choice
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The current 16th-century church of this magnificent religious complex was built above a fifth-century basilica, which in turn incorporated a titulus, or...

Piazza Santa Cecilia

Santa Croce in Gerusalemme

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Founded in 320 by St Helena, mother of Emperor Constantine (who legalised Christianity in 313), this church began as a hall in her home, the Palatium...

Piazza Santa Croce in Gerusalemme 12

Santa Maria del Popolo

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According to legend, Santa Maria del Popolo occupies the site of a garden in which hated Emperor Nero was buried. The site was still believed to be haunted...

Piazza del Popolo 12

Santa Maria della Concezione

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Commonly known as i Cappuccini (the Capuchins) after the long-bearded, brown-clad Franciscan sub-order to which it belongs, this Baroque church has a St...

Via Veneto 27
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Santa Maria della Pace

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Built in 1482 for Pope Sixtus IV, Santa Maria della Pace was given its theatrical Baroque façade by Pietro da Cortona in 1656. The church's most famous...

Vicolo del Arco della Pace 5
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