Chiesa di San Teodoro al Palatino, Rome

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San Teodoro is a 6th-century church in Rome. It was dedicated to Theodore of Amasea and given to the Orthodox community of Rome by Pope John Paul II in 2004. It and is located on an ancient road between the Roman Forum and Forum Boarium, along the north-western foot of the Palatine Hill.HistoryCatholic churchIt may first have been built as early as the 6th century in the ruins of the granaries of Agrippa. The unusual round shape suggests it may have been built into the ruined shell of a temple similar in construction to the well-preserved nymphaeum once identified as the Temple of Minerva Medica. An ancient pagan altar was placed in the atrium in front of the church, and an early Christian mosaic was found on the site. The apsis mosaic dates to the 6th century and shows Christ (in black clothing with gold lati clavi, which on Roman garments indicated high rank) seated on an orb representing the heavens, flanked by Peter and Paul and by the two martyrs Theodore (a later addition, from Nicholas V's restoration) and Cleonicus.The church is also traditionally one of the seven original deaconries in Rome, being assigned to a deacon by Pope Agatho (ca. 678), though the first titular deacon known by name was Roberto, ca. 1073, who died before 1099.
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  • The Church of the Holy Martyr Theodore Stratilat, patron of the Christian army, is located in the east of Palatine Hill. The beginning of the history of the church is lost at the turn of the 8th and 9th centuries, but what is certain is that in April 2000, St. John Paul II, the Pope and the head of the Roman Catholic Church, the church was handed over to the Greek Orthodox Church... The architecture of the church of San Teodoro al-Palatinono, made in the form of a rotunda, is quite unusual. This is probably another additional reason to turn your attention to the pretty Orthodox Church while walking on the equally pretty Palatine hill...
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  • Near to colloseum. Just 15 minutes away. It is easy to find by Google maps. And follow the link to the church. You can also find it near to palatine hill. Just next from circus maximus. An old byzanti...  more »
  • San Teodoro is a 6th-century church and given to the Orthodox community of Rome. Is a very beautiful church with unusual round shape. In this church you can attend some regular liturgical celebrations...  more »
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