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Chiesa di San Silvestro in Capite, Rome
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The Basilica of Saint Sylvester the First also known as is a Roman Catholic minor basilica and titular church in Rome dedicated to Pope Saint Sylvester I. It is located on Piazza San Silvestro, on the corner of Via del Gambero and the Via della Mercede, and stands adjacent to the central Post Office, while across the Piazza stands Santi Claudio e Andrea dei Borgognoni.Built in the 8th century as a shrine for the relics of the saints and martyrs from the Catacombs, the church is the National church of Great Britain. The Latin words "in capite" refers to the canonical title of Pope Sylvester the First, to which in capite means in First, in Chief, or in Head. By honorific coincidence, the basilica is also famous for enshrining a fragmented head purported to be Saint John the Baptist, putatively kept as a relic, in a chapel to the left of the entrance. A second Roman church dedicated to Saint Sylvester is San Silvestro al Quirinale.The Cardinal-Priest of the titulus S. Silvestri in Capite is His Eminence Desmond Cardinal Connell, <Archbishop Emeritus Dublin, Ireland.
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  • In my many trips to Rome I had never managed to visit this beautiful church. And once again, unfortunately, I have only been able to give her a look as they were celebrating the mass. Nevertheless I was fascinated from the courtyard in front of the Church, from its interior, with many frescoes, and the relic of the head of St. John the Baptist, placed in a shrine of ' 300, inside the chapel of our Lady of Sorrows. As soon as I recur a chance to return to Rome will be my first stop. In my opinion is not to be missed.
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  • Centuries of history are enclosed in a corner of Rome. Built on the foundations of the House of the brothers Popes Stephen II and Paul I in the 8th century; the square of the same name, stands on the area formerly occupied by the "Sun Temple", built by Aurelian in 273 ad. Inside the church there is the head of St. John the Baptist, placed in a shrine of ' 300 located inside the chapel of our Lady of Sorrows.
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  • Located in Piazza San Silvestro in Rome, remains somewhat hidden and accessed through a courtyard and not directly from the square. Beautiful church, very rich in its ornaments, very marble and many frescoes both in the walls that in the ceiling and in the dome. Nice wooden pulpit. I think it's a church not much visited for its hidden location, whereas deserves great a brief visit.
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  • We got 1 espresso , 2 cappuccino and one teramiso for 38 euro ... One of the most expensive restaurant I ever seen .
  • Such a beautiful church in the middle of Rome
  • We got married here in June 2006
  • Beautiful little church in the heart of Rome,a must see
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