Basilica dei Santi Cosma e Damiano

Basilica dei Santi Cosma e Damiano

Basilica dei Santi Cosma e Damiano
4.5
Religious SitesChurches & Cathedrals
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
About
Located on the fringe of the Forum, this small church incorporates the pagan Temple of Romulus and features a magnificent sixth-century mosaic representing the Second Coming.
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Neighbourhood: Centro
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  • Fori Imperiali-Colosseo • 4 min walk
  • Colosseo • 4 min walk
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Brad
Hong Kong, China173,429 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
This is an interesting basilica located along Via dei Fori Imperiali. It is a titular church that dates back to the 527 AD and is dedicated to St. Cosmas and Damian, two 3rd-century Arabian Christian brothers and doctors.

Historically, the church was created by way of repurposing and uniting the Temple of Romulus (circa 4th century) and the an earlier imperial library building. It contains two entrances, the first directly into the round rotunda of the old Temple of Romulus located within the Imperial Forum grounds while the other is facing Via dei Fori Imperiali. Opening hours are 10am to 1pm & 3pm to 6pm daily.

Entering from Via dei Fori Imperiali, there is a nice portico lined cloister that you walk through before entering the main church. You will find a nave lined with frescos leading to an attractive altar in front of apse masterpiece Byzantine mosaics (circa 6th and 7th century). There are three chapels on both sides of the nave with additional wall frescos and artworks.

All in all, Basilica dei Santi Cosma e Damiano makes for a nice place to visit if you are sightseeing around the Forum and enjoy viewing old churches.
Written 22 April 2024
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Noraatc
Sudbury, MA38,595 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Solo
The austere exterior of the ancient Basilica dei Santi Cosma e Damiano might not immediately attract your attention, but its interior is a totally different thing and is so worth a visit. The basilica, devoted to the two brothers, doctors, martyrs and saints Cosmas and Damian, is located in the Forum of Vespasian across the street from the Mercati di Trajano. It is home to the magnificent 6th century apse mosaic, which literally looks as if it was created yesterday. Browsing in the tranquil courtyard of the church was wonderfully relaxing after all the hustle and bustle of Via Fora Imperiali.
Written 2 January 2023
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dapper777
Monaco63,648 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Friends
Th Basilica is dedicated to SS. Cosmas and Damian, martyrs and doctors who worked without compensation.
It is place to visit for anyone passing by the capital and on Via dei Fori Imperiali.
Past the door you enter a small, very characteristic cloister with a fountain in the center, then you proceed to the internal area.
The church was obtained from the premises of the Temple of Peace donated by Theodoric to Pope Felix IV.
The mosaics of the sixth century are extraordinary.
It is really beautiful.
We were lucky enough to visit it at a time when no one was there, and in the silence, observing all the details of mosaics, frescoes and decorations was a real pleasure.
It is a bit hidden but really beautiful and intimate.
The ceiling is also fantastic.
You can also visit a room with a huge Neapolitan antique crib inside.
Not to be missed.
Written 10 October 2020
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lady_britts
Bexley, UK1,412 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We literally stumbled across this incredible church on our walk from our hotel to the Colosseum and I'm so grateful that we did as it is absolutely stunning. Dating back to the 4th century and becoming a church is 527AD & contains greatly restored early examples of Christian art, especially in its mosaics. With a pretty courtyard with a fountain and fish, this lovely & serene church and its grounds are worth visiting & absorbing the history and appreciating your surroundings. If only the walls could talk!
Written 11 March 2020
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Alessandro F
Milan, Italy31,920 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Solo
This Basilica with great cloister was born in 527 for the Christianized of the Temple of Romulus built in 309 by Emperor Maxentius, the Temple with its round shape is clearly visible on Roman Forum .
The Pope Felix IV united the Bibliotheca Pacis and the Temple of Romulus to create this Basilica devoted to two Arabian Christian brothers : Cosma and Damiano.
Inside the Basilica with one naves and six lateral chapels is possible to admire apse decorated with beautiful Roman- Byzantine mosaic.
Written 20 November 2019
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ChiefGuru
Decatur, IN3,300 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
This brick building was originally built as a temple in the early 4th century. The circular structure is located near an original entrance to the Forum, which is no longer in use. The temple was built (speculation) by Emperor Maxentius (reigned 306 - 312 A.D.) for his son, Valerius Romulus (aka Marcus Aurelius Romulus), who lived 292 - 309 A.D. Thus, the original name: the Temple of Romulus. The Temple of Romulus is the best preserved pagan temple in Rome. This structure is located along the Via Sacra (main street of ancient Rome, leading from Capitoline Hill, through the Forum, to the Colosseum) between the Temple of Antonino & Faustina and the Basilica of Massenzio. Today the Temple of Romulus (the circular front portion in the front) has been absorbed into the Basilica dei Santi Cosma e Damiano. The temple was Christianized and dedicated to Sancti Cosma et Damianus in 527 A.D. Theodoric the Great (controlled a Roman empire stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Adriatic Sea) donated the library of the Forum of Peace (Bibliotheca Pacis) and a portion of the Temple of Romulus to Pope Felix IV. The Forum of Peace was the third of the Imperial Fora and is also called the Forum of Vespasian. This would have been behind the Basilica dei Santi Cosma e Damiano and partially under the current Via dei For Imperiali. Pope Felix IV combined the two buildings to create a basilica to two Arabian Christian brothers and saints, Cosmas and Damian. At one time, the entrance to the Basilica dei Santi Cosma e Damiano was through the Temple of Romulus, however, this entrance is now sealed. The current entrance is on the opposite side off of the Via dei For Imperiali. At that entrance, some oil the original marble paving from the Forum of Peace can be seen. Also, you can see magnificent 6th- and 7th-century mosaics in the church. Definitely another site in the Forum worth seeing.
Written 11 September 2019
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LutheranLadySanDiego
San Diego1,733 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
So glad we checked out one more church in Rome. The courtyard was lovely, and the chancel area was absolutely one of a kind. At first we were disappointed that the mosaic was so dim. But then another visitor put coins into the timer and the lights came up! So beautiful!
Written 8 July 2019
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ihadthetimeofmylife
Ingelmunster, Belgium506 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Family
Must visit. The mosaic is so old and wonderfull. We visited this church before entering the forum. Don't miss.
Written 15 April 2019
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James A
723 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
What a beautiful and amazing mosaic - a real work of art. A must see church over the top like all of them but this has a special mosaic. It is free to enter but you will need some change for the meter which lights up the mosaic in all it’s glory.
Written 2 March 2019
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234worldtraveler567
Boston, MA152 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Couples
This is a beautiful church that is really unusual. The floor was raised about 7 meters so you are very close to the apse mosaic. The side chapels are beautiful, too, and the nativity scene is worth seeing. There is also a glass wall that lets you look down into the Temple of Romulus on the Roman Forum.
Written 26 November 2018
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