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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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  • This is a small chapel next to the via del Corso, with a 19-century owned by the English community in Rome. Unusually architecturally decorated entrance is through the tiny patio. The altars are works of artists from 17 century. Ceiling painting illustrates the Triumph of the Virgin in glory with Saints Sylvester and John the Baptist.
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  • The temple was founded in the 8th century and originally bore the name of Saints Sylvester and Stefan. Later in the 12th century Pope Innocent II postponed here critical relic is part of the head of St. John the Baptist, after which the Church changed its name (Temple of St. Sylvester in the head). Inside seemed a bit dark. The main attention was attracted by the painting of the vault and gold-plated wooden body.
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  • The Church itself is tiny, but it must be seen if because of all the historical remains that has hung at the entrance of the courtyard of access (Yes, literally glued to the walls, as if they lacked value)
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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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