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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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  • I stumbled into the church of San Silvestro in Capite almost by chance during my last visit to Rome. I know the city fairly well, but I had never been there before. There are three churches overlookin...  more »
  • The Church of San Silvestro 'in Capite', is dedicated to Pope Saint Sylvester I. "in capite" means 'First', 'in Chief', or 'Head', so he was the First Pope Saint Sylvester. This church was built in th...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • +JMJ...This Church is loved by myself for several reasons: (1) House of Worship and Prayer; (2) It houses art and statues that can only be found in this particular Church, and (3) this Church is the home Church for a lay apostolate called the Legion of Mary, of which I am a former active member, Richmond, VA. Whenever I was blessed to travel to Rome, I always visited this Church and attended the meeting held Sunday afternoon. The photos shared are during a February 2005 pilgrimage, which I made by myself. I found the Filippino citizens to be very welcoming (hope it is OK to post a photo of myself with them.) And, as they spoke English, that was very helpful for me. And, this community usually served their traditional Filippino foods and were always very happy and eager to share with me. I love these people! I love Rome! I pray God will grant me the huge blessing of being able to travel here again!
  • Impressive as the average Roman churches. Visit just if you have time.
  • The architecture is absolutely stunning!!
  • Holiness in Beauty
  • We got 1 espresso , 2 cappuccino and one teramiso for 38 euro ... One of the most expensive restaurant I ever seen .