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Santa Maria in Cosmedin, Rome

Santa Maria in Cosmedin - Rome, Italy
Santa Maria in Cosmedin
Forum Boarium, Rome, Italy 00186Map
Piazza Bocca della Verità 18
Neighborhood: Centro Storico
Overview

Santa Maria in Cosmedin is one of the most represented sites in Rome thanks to cinema fans. How can you not remember Audrey Hepburn who placed her hand inside the Bocca della verità (Mouth of Truth) in Roman Holiday? It is here that the famous stone mask is located that, according to legend, bites off the hands of liars who place their hands inside. This basilica was constructed on the ancient site of a grocery market. Its famous façade consists of a portico with arches, inside which is a stone mask known as The Mouth of Truth, reputed to bite off the hand of any liar who dares to reach inside. Inside the basilica is a mosaic-covered floor and a wooden ceiling, added during successive restorations. Later restorations added the choir with two pulpits and the high altar in red granite. The seven story, Romanesque bell tower is considered the most beautiful in Rome.

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Santa Maria in Cosmedin General Information
  • Type: Attractions & Landmarks, Religious
  • Nearest Train: Belli
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