San Lorenzo in Damaso

Rome, Italy

San Lorenzo in Damaso is a parish and titular church in central Rome. It is incorporated into the papal Palazzo della Cancelleria. Archaeological evidence suggests the site, like those of many churches in Rome, may have formerly housed a pagan temple. The first documentary evidence of a church at this site dates from AD 499. According to tradition, in the AD 380s a basilica church was erected by Pope Damasus I in his own residence.

The original basilica was demolished by Cardinal Raffaele Riario, a nephew of Pope Sixtus IV who commissioned the imposing Renaissance-style Palazzo della Cancelleria (1489–1513). The palace was built of spolia and stone from nearby ancient Roman buildings, including the Colosseum, and enveloped the new basilica of San Lorenzo in Damaso under the right wing.

The interior decoration was begun by commissions of the resident of the Palace, Cardinal Alessandro Farnese, in the late 16th century. Cavaliere d'Arpino painted the walls of the right counter-facade. The main altar hosts the painting of Saints and Coronation of St. Mary by Federico Zuccari. Below the altar are the relics of Pope St. Eutychian and Pope St. Damasus I.

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Founded: c. 380 AD
Category: Religious sites in Italy

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Enobong Udoidiong (2 years ago)
So lovely a place for prayers and meditation. Beautiful angelic music at the background to help appreciate the beauty of God.
João Pedro Falé Piteira (2 years ago)
Great place to come and pray
obumselu victor (3 years ago)
Lovely church
Mayra Damiolini (4 years ago)
Beautiful and has an audioguide for a donation!
Francis o (5 years ago)
Breathtakingly beautiful, wandered in by chance. I was so surprised. It is definitely worth a look
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