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San Giorgio in Velabro, Rome

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San Giorgio in Velabro is a church in Rome, Italy, devoted to St. George.The church is located in the ancient Roman Velabrum, near the Arch of Janus, in the rione of Ripa. Sited near the River Tiber, it is within a complex of Republican-era pagan temples associated with the port of Rome. The ancient Arcus Argentariorum is attached to the side of the church's façade.San Giorgio in Velabro is the station church for the first Thursday in Lent.HistoryThe first religious building attested in the place of the current basilica is a diaconia, funded by Pope Gregory the Great.The current church was built during the 7th century, possibly by Pope Leo II, who dedicated it to Saint Sebastian. A 482 inscription in the catacombs of St. Callixtus probably refers of a church in the same zone. Its plan is irregular, indeed slightly trapezoidal, as a result of the frequent additions to the building. As can be seen from the lower photograph, the interior columns are almost randomly arranged having been taken from sundry Roman temples.
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  • Church of San Giorgio in Villa BRO leads argentari gates and buildings. Breakfast in the Church, a church located near the Arc de Triomphe Jan.
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  • Linda Church in your simplicity! Very pretty, even. Near the arc of Giano, is worth knowing. Recommend!
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  • The Church, which effectively encompassed the ancient arcus argentariorum, dates back to the 9th century. probably pcon Over the years it has undergone multiple revisions, the last being in 1993 when a car bomb caused the almost total collapse of the porch in front. Takes its name from "Velabrum", the swamp where Romulus and Remus were found by a shepherd. Charming façade with the elegant Bell Tower, very unassuming and bare inside
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  • Opening hours for the church seem to be unclear at present (2017), and different guidebooks and online sources give differing times. Unfortunately, the church's website is coy. Apart from the times of liturgy (see below), a reliable unofficial source in 2017 advertises that the church is open on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 to 12:30 and 16:00 to 18:15. So, you might find it closed on Mondays and Thursdays. This is basically a 7th century church, although the interior aspect is actually modern after it suffered a savage Fascist restoration in 1926. This removed all post-mediaeval features. The portico also now counts as modern, having been blown up by a Mafia bomb in 1993 and rebuilt from the re-used rubble. The church is rather out of the way, and you might find yourself on your own in there -especially in winter. Its ambience is very peaceful and timeless. However, it is very popular for weddings and you might find one going on. The canons in charge advise that they won't do more than three a day! The church and convent are the headquarters of the Order of the Holy Cross, and the brethren worship in English. Liturgical events are in the church in summer, but in the convent chapel in winter. Mass is celebrated: Weekdays 7:30; Sundays and Solemnities 8:30. The Divine Office is celebrated: Weekdays: 7:30 Lauds, 18:30 Vespers; Weekends: 8:00 Lauds, 19:00 Vespers. If you wish to attend in winter, you have to ring the doorbell at Via del Velabro 19.
  • beautiful, very old church incorporating many more ancient elements. It was restored a few decades ago after being badly damaged by a mafia bombing
  • We stumbled upon this church by chance when we were just exploring the area the first day we spend in Rome. The inside of the church looks simpler than the more popular tourist sites, but you can just see the authenticity of the architecture and and Roman basilica style. In some ways it was actually more interesting
  • Definitely worth a visit
  • Possibly the loveliest church in Rome (and I've seen them all). Not hit by Baroque restructuring, it has retained its original athmosphere. The mixed set of re-used classical columns, the portico in front, re-used roman sculpture in the walls and the attached equally antique arco degli argentari make this a must-see. In a very lovely and quiet street, behind the Arco di Giano. Much to be prefered to the nearby worn-out boca della verita'.

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