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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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  • The Basilica of Santo Stefano takes the words "in capite" for the relic of Saint John the Baptist's head inside the Church.
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  • I came by chance and it was a really pleasant surprise. Does not appear on the rails but reserve many historical testimony as well as that which would appear to be the relic of the head of Saint John.
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  • On the square there attracted the façade, or rather the height difference with the next building. We walked in and it was pleasant to see an interior courtyard, with many interesting things and remains to be seen. A little gem to visit.
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  • Beautiful little church in the heart of Rome,a must see
  • We got married here in June 2006
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  • Beautiful church
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