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San Giorgio in Velabro

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Address: Via del Velabro 19, 00186 Rome, Italy
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One of Rome's Oldest Churches

The church of St. George is located behind the Arch of Janus, not far from the Tiber. The rather simple interior uses columns taken from ancient temples. A very peaceful church... read more

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The church of St. George is located behind the Arch of Janus, not far from the Tiber. The rather simple interior uses columns taken from ancient temples. A very peaceful church to visit. The ancient Arcus Argentariorum (arch of the moneychangers) is attached to the side of the church, behind a fence.

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Coquitlam, Canada
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Reviewed 20 January 2017

One of my favorite churches situated in the ancient Roman velabrum. The church was incorporated with the ancient roman arch of the money changers (Arcus Argentariorum) and was dedicated to St. George. The church dates back to the 7th century and over time, it has been renovated. The interior is very simplistic and its lack of ornate decoration truly reflects... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 18 October 2016

Located just behind The Arch of Janus is the plain but lovely Chiesa di San Giorgio in Velabro, built 7th century. It was originally dedicated to St Sebastian, who was thrown into the Cloaca Maxima, which is near the church. Decoration on the church comes from an ancient Roman temple. Part of the skull of St. George, lies beneath the... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2016

Just around the corner from the farmers market and behind the Arco di Giano is a little church with a Roman arch attached. Apparently this church was regularly flooded so it has had several rebuilds. Interesting to note that the builders appear to have run out of corinthian column capitals and used ionic.

Thank Llewellyn53
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 April 2016

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 to view than... More 

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Reviewed 29 November 2015

St. Giorgio of Velabro is nothing like highly decorated baroque churches. In the twenties of the last century it was restored so as to remind what it was when built in the7 th century. There are no paintings or frescoes, or statuary, only some ancient bas-reliefs on the outside. In its pureness it reminds ancient Christian sites in Israel. The... More 

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Reviewed 26 April 2014 via mobile

We stayed at the hotel next door and stumbled on this besutiful church. Rather than facing the heaving crowds in St Peters we went to the English mass here. There were 3 worshippers and x3 the number of Crosier Fathers. They made us feel very welcome. It was a very special sung Easter service . The intamacy of the Mass... More 

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Reviewed 13 December 2013

Tucked away on a small street in the heart of historic Rome is this beautiful church of the 7th century which reflects the more ancient style of Roman basilica. This is a must visit for anyone wanting to see authentic and fascinating architecture in Rome.

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Aurora, Illinois
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Reviewed 18 November 2013

The Community of Crosiers Order of the Holy Cross look after this fascinating Church. Great historical surroundings include the Arch of Janus, The Forum Boarium , Palatine Hill, Imperial Forum (unfortunately the near by gate is now closed.)

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Friendswood, Texas
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Reviewed 1 July 2013

A beautiful church located near the Arch of Janus, the Mouth of Truth, and the Tiber. One of many wonderful churches in Rome, this one holds remains of St. George.

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