Basilica di San Nicola in Carcere, Rome

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San Nicola in Carcere is a titular church in Rome near the Forum Boarium in rione Sant'Angelo. It is one of the traditional stational churches of Lent.HistoryThe first church on the site was probably built in the 6th century, and a 10th-century inscription may be seen on a fluted column next to the entrance, but the first definite dedication is from a plaque on the church dating to 1128. The inscriptions found in S. Angelo, a valuable source illustrating the history of the Basilica, have been collected and published by Vincenzo Forcella.It was constructed in and from the ruins of the Forum Holitorium and its temples, along with a jail (carcer) which a tradition (supported by Pliny's history of Rome) states was sited in the temples' ruins. However, the in Carcere (in jail) part of the name of the church was only changed to "in Carcere Tulliano" in the 14th century, owing to an erroneous identification. The prison was really that of Byzantine times (LPD i.515, n13; ii.295, n12).Spolia from all these ancient remains is still apparent in the church's construction, most particularly three columns from the Temple of Juno Sospita which are incorporated into both the 10th century and 1599 north façades of the church. The columns of the Temple of Janus, dedicated by Gaius Duilius after his naval victory at the Battle of Mylae in 260 BC, can still be seen as being incorporated into the wall of the church.
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  • This church was built into the remains of three temples that stood on the former Forum Holitorium. The Church itself is beautiful and really worth a visit for its interior. In one of the Church walls one can see the columns a previous Temple. For 3 euros you can visit the crypt, an exciting visit down in history and to the bottom of the earlier Roman temples.
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  • Visit to this stupendous Basilica that we could appreciate only thanks to Patrizia Association guide free space. I read of the opinions here before my even negative, that I can share if you're not adequately accompanied. Recommend a visit possibly Wizard. Notable underground where you can admire the foundations of the three existing times and understand how interesting this site.
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  • Currently façade (October 2017) entirely covered with a cloth and a little interesting to this medieval church which stands on the spot where once stood the three temples, then transformed into prison in the middle ages
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  • Church on top of a historic pagan temple. Can go below to see the remains of the temple and some bones. Went with the Walks of Italy tour and it was very good. Photography is allowed.
  • Lit true wax candles for your loved ones. Possibility of descending under the church. Old and falling-to-pieces-look from the outside. Concerts are announced at the door.
  • Amazing but I agree with the top review; only worth it if you're passing by anyways. Don't go out of your way to visit.
  • Worth a stop if you're passing by but don't go out of your way
  • Church built on top of three old temples - some of their old columns are integrated in the walls. You can enter the underground site of the old temples.

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