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Basilica di San Crisogono, Rome

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  • The interior is nice, but don’t miss the excavations. Go up the left aisle to the end and turn left into a room where an attendant collects the fee and shows you how to go downstairs. They have a smal...  more »
  • Lovely overhanging basilica, especially in works by Mosaic flooring, but worth a visit the underworld accessed through the sacristy on the bottom left, at the price of 3 euros. There are many remains but it is suggestive to discover the various stages of this ancient place of worship: first domus ecclesiae, post not by chance near a water drain (presumably by a dry cleaner) to enable the first baptisms in the early Christian period ; then Crysogoni, i.e. the ancient titulus patrician House that initially housed the Christian rites forbidden, has been expanded in the 5th century, taking the form of a Christian basilica. Is situated 6 meters below the current one. You can admire the frescoes, unfortunately poorly preserved, and sarcophagi. The old circular baptismal font was cut in half to lay the Foundation of the overlying basilica of the 12th century.
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  • The Church (dedicated to St San Crisogono) is native to the 4th century and has the dignity of a minor basilica. The exterior is characterized by the main façade in the Baroque style, preceded by a portico with four Tuscan columns supporting a cornice surmounted by sculptures of Eagles and canestre flowers. To the right of the church stands the Romanesque Bell Tower from the 12th century. Overlooked by Romans taken from traffic.
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  • The church doors are open (unofficial source, 2017): Weekdays, 7:00 to 11:30, 16:00 to 19:30; Sundays, 8:00 to 13:00, 16:00 to 19:30. Only worshippers are allowed in the church during Mass. Access to the old church underground costs three euros, but there are no formal ticketing arrangements. You have to catch the sacristan or custodian (please don't bother the priests). The last entry is half an hour before the church closes in the evening.
  • Walked in on a silent Sunday morning: Beautiful spiritual and quiet atmosphere. i think more impressive than much churches though less well known.
  • Nice church with incredible gold and blue ceiling !
  • This is yet another beautiful church. Sadly we weren't able to explore the crypt as a service was about to begin. Nevertheless, the ornate ceiling and general magnificence of the church makes this another 'must see' for ecclesiastical junkies!
  • The underground old Basilica is the main attraction here
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