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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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  • San Silvestro in Capite is dedicated to Pope Saint Sylvester I. It is located on the Piazza San Silvestro (a bustling square), at the corner of Via del Gambero and the Via della Mercede, and stands ad...  more »
  • This church has a central courtyard with numerous inscriptions and fragments of Roman gravestones, then there is the church dedicated to one of the early popes (Sakala) and built the insula seems where there was the home of two brothers become then papi. In the side chapel the shrine with skull attributed to Sag Giovanni Battista (exhibit a bit macabre ...)
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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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  • 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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