Thursday, January 17, 2019


It was a diaconia in the fifth/sixth century
A diaconia was an establishment for the care of the poor and distribution of the church's charity in the Middle Ages
The Liber Pontificalis mentions the church as founded by Leo II (682/684) with a dedication to St. Sebastian
Rebuilt under Pope Gregory IV (827/844)
Renovated in porch and other areas in the late twelfth/early thirteenth century, same period when the bell tower was built
The GATE dates back to 1665
In 1923/26 Antonio Muñoz (1884/1960) deleted the Baroque additions
On the night between 27 and 28 July 1993 a terrorist attack destroyed the porch with about 100 kg (220 pounds) of explosives
On the same night another explosion damaged the Basilica of St. John Lateran. Twenty-two people in total were injured. These attacks were seen as a warning to the Pope who just earlier had spoken in Sicily against the mafia
Sixteen ancient columns all different of Luni marble, pavonazzetto marble from Turkey and gray granite

Frescoes “Jesus, Virgin Mary, Sts. Peter, George and Sebastian” maybe by Pietro de' Cerroni aka Pietro Cavallini (about 1240/about 1325) with restorations of the sixteenth century

Seventh century

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