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Santi Giovanni e Paolo

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Address: Piazza Dei Santi Giovanni E Paolo 13, 00184 Rome, Italy
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Peace amid the confusion

Walk into this beautiful tranquil church to find a perfect peace. Two ancient lions gaurd the entrance of this very old basilica. It's like an oasis, restful and quiet after... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Valeri V
Middleburg, Florida
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Middleburg, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Walk into this beautiful tranquil church to find a perfect peace. Two ancient lions gaurd the entrance of this very old basilica. It's like an oasis, restful and quiet after the chaos of traffic and tourists outside. Seemed nobody knew it was here but us.

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Basilica Santi Giovanni e Paolo, not named for the Apostles John and Paul, but for two devout Christian Roman soldiers, they are also referred to as court dignitaries. Legends indicate they were persecuted by Emperor Julian the Apostate, for being Christians and in 362, were murdered in their homes, (under the church) and subsequently buried there. Historians on the other... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2016

We stopped at this little church while on a tour. It is absolutely beautiful! Just to the left to the alter there is a painting of Mary; behind this is a secret room that once held an important organ.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2015 via mobile

Santi Giovanni e Paolo is an ancient basilica church in Rome, located on the Celian Hill. It is also called Santi Giovanni e Paolo al Celio or referred to as SS Giovanni e Paolo. The church was built in 398, by will of senator Pammachius, over the home of two Roman soldiers, John and Paul, martyred under Julian in 362.... More 

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2015

This is a very ancient Basilica, built around year 400, and repaired many times. We found it by chance, while wandering around the Colosseum. Despite the fact the nearby Colosseum and Palatine were chock-full of tourists, this beautiful church, built near the top of a hill was practically deserted. The lack of visitors enhanced the mood, as it felt as... More 

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Dover, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2015

This is a beautiful church which we were able to see set out ready for a wedding. It is slightly off the tourist route, which probably helps its feeling of calm, but is only 10 minutes walk from the Colosseum I must confess that we were only there as we were heading for the Roman Houses beneath the church but... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2015

We were almost the only ones here and it was very dim and quiet so it felt special. It is tucked away so maybe people don't visit it as much. Look up it's history, fascinating. Check out the bell tower with the ancient Roman foundation.

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Bagshot, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2015

Absolutely stunning once inside. I would say that - this is where I married my beautiful wife in August 2014. From the outside it doesn't look much, but once through the doors it's a different story entirely. The architecture inside is magnificent and really is a must-do if in Rome. Being only 500 metres from The Colloseum and The Forum... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2014

The exterior of this church does not prepare you for the interior. It is well worth a visit for the sumptuous interior and the collection of crystal chandeliers is fantastic.

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Rome, Italy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2014

Tranquil spot to the side of one of Rome's most touristy locales. Nearby park closed for some repair but would make a lovely spot for a picnic. The Roman domiciles beneath are closed on Tuesday and Wednesday- which we were not prepared for. Will return in order to see this main attraction. We headed on and beneath San Clemente that... More 

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