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Santo Stefano Rotondo

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Address: Via di Santo Stefano Rotondo 7, 00184 Rome, Italy
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Small, old church

An interesting small but very old church (4th century). Inside there are frescoes with the tortures of early Christians and an interesting mosaic. Relatively close to the... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Sofia, Bulgaria
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Sofia, Bulgaria
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

An interesting small but very old church (4th century). Inside there are frescoes with the tortures of early Christians and an interesting mosaic. Relatively close to the Colosseum.

Thank Ogi0
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Reviewed 15 April 2017

This church is worth a visit. It has a beautiful and quiet atmosphere. It has not a lot of visitors so it seems like you have it all on your own

Thank Maria B
Canterbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 January 2017

This church is located on the Caelian Hill in a quiet and rather unfrequented part of Rome, not far from the Colosseum, St Johns Lateran and the Palatine hill. This early Christian church was dedicated to St Stephen, apparently the first Christian martyr, who was stoned to death. It is a largish circular structure with an internal ring of columns... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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Reviewed 18 August 2016

Be advised of the hours they are closed. The church is quiet and beautiful and has a unique history and shape. Some wonderful old frescoes inside and the remains of some on the outside. Certainly worth the short walk from St. John Lateran, if you've got that on your itinerary.

Thank Lynntravels83
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Reviewed 24 July 2016

The Santo Stefano Rotondo is an interesting place to visit if you want to see some unusual artwork and architecture. The artwork is a series of frescos from the 1500's depicting the various ways that Christian martyrs were killed. They are not your typical religious art. They are graphic and somewhat gruesome (parents might not want to take your young... More 

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Reviewed 11 July 2016 via mobile

Even though I have been 4 times to Rome before I have never stumbled upon this small jewel before. This church is quite peculiar as it is round and it does offer nice frescos. worth a visit and it is just a small detour on your way to san giovanni laterano.

Thank SVELMalta
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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Reviewed 5 June 2016

There are lots of things to like about this church. It is set back from the street, so you enter into a beautiful courtyard with the church just ahead of you. It is, as the name implies, round, and therefore different than any of the other churches we visited. It is a very simple church, with a unique and beautiful... More 

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Sunderland, UK
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Reviewed 5 June 2016 via mobile

Such an odd place but so glad we visited. Ghoulish displays of all the ways people had been put to death are the complete decorations of this interesting circular church. So very bizarre and yet compelling. You do wonder if the creators enjoyed the ideas of death a bit too much, and what marketing message was the church going for... More 

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Dublin Ireland
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Reviewed 4 May 2016

We spent couple hours trying to find this church - we were told that Diarmuid, a son of Brian Boru (a King in Ireland during Viking times) was buried here. We were total "Doubting Thomas" but went along anyway and we did find a plaque on the wall confirming this! (see photo) . So glad we visited here - like... More 

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Belleville, New Jersey
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Reviewed 18 March 2016

San Stefano was formerly a pagan temple built in the 5th century. It's a "church-in-the-round" for the lack of a better description. The frescoes, however, are what make this "church" so unique. It is worth the walk to view the unique images on the walls.

Thank Wmiao

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