Church of Saints Marcellinus and Peter

Rome, Italy

Santi Marcellino e Pietro al Laterano is dedicated to Saints Marcellinus and Peter, 4th century Roman martyrs, whose relics were brought here in 1256. The first church on the site was built by Pope Siricius in the 4th century, close to the Via Labicana's catacombs of Marcellinus and Peter, with an adjoining hospice which became a centre for pilgrims.

This church was restored by Pope Gregory III in the 8th century. In the 9th century, the remains of Saints Marcellinus and Peter putatively were transferred from the catacombs here to a church in Seligenstadt, Germany. When the church was rebuilt in 1256 by Pope Alexander IV, the martyrs' relics were putatively returned.

At Present, under the high altar is an urn containing relics of Saint Marcia. On the left side is an altar dedicated to the Blessed Virgin, with a copy of Guido Reni's The Virgin in Glory with Angels, St Joseph and St Rita. Next to it is the Chapel of Reconciliation. An image of the dedicatees was placed on the first column on the left from the entrance during this restoration, with an inscription recording the restoration. The hospice and church were then given in 1276 to the Confraternity of those Commended to the Saviour.

The present church is the result of Pope Benedict XIV's 1751 reconstruction. The present cube-shaped exterior is divided by pilaster strips in a Neoclassical style, but with a late-Baroque elements, including a dome influenced by the architecture of Borromini. The façade was designed by Girolamo Theodoli and the main altarpiece by Gaetano Lapis depicts the dedicatees' martyrdom. After that restoration, the church was awarded until 1906 for the worship of the Discalced Carmelites.

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Via Labicana 5, Rome, Italy
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Founded: 1751
Category: Religious sites in Italy

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Lara Giuliana Gouveia Simonetti (11 months ago)
The catacombs are a most dramatic and interesting experience. You step through an unassuming door, and as you descend the stairs the heat of the day leaches away. The empty alcoves stretch out before you, and line the walls of the many side tunnels (which sink into darkness). Particularly interesting are the frescos, whose meaning are very ably explained by the tour guide. Above ground, the Mausoleum of Saint Helena is a very impressive edifice. The internal museum is well worth the ticket price. Both aspects of the site are better suited to Italian speakers, although a guidebook is available in English.
Lara Giuliana Gouveia Simonetti (11 months ago)
The catacombs are a most dramatic and interesting experience. You step through an unassuming door, and as you descend the stairs the heat of the day leaches away. The empty alcoves stretch out before you, and line the walls of the many side tunnels (which sink into darkness). Particularly interesting are the frescos, whose meaning are very ably explained by the tour guide. Above ground, the Mausoleum of Saint Helena is a very impressive edifice. The internal museum is well worth the ticket price. Both aspects of the site are better suited to Italian speakers, although a guidebook is available in English.
Carlisle Gomes (2 years ago)
We wanted to visit one of the catacombs while in Rome and chose St. Marcellino Pietro. So happy we did. We decided at the last minute and emailed them from the website. Flavio responded immediately to confirm. At the site Julia was our tour guide and shared a lot of knowledge with us. Many Christians were buried here and you can see the different burial places all underground including some human bones in one place! Pathways are uneven and the tour involves stairs and slanted alleys all very narrow. Ticket was only €8 each and well worth it. Took maybe an hour. Thank you Julia!!!
Carlisle Gomes (2 years ago)
We wanted to visit one of the catacombs while in Rome and chose St. Marcellino Pietro. So happy we did. We decided at the last minute and emailed them from the website. Flavio responded immediately to confirm. At the site Julia was our tour guide and shared a lot of knowledge with us. Many Christians were buried here and you can see the different burial places all underground including some human bones in one place! Pathways are uneven and the tour involves stairs and slanted alleys all very narrow. Ticket was only €8 each and well worth it. Took maybe an hour. Thank you Julia!!!
Dan Brier (2 years ago)
Visited here with the family including children aged 11 to 7. We had a wonderful visit guided by a knowledgable and engaged guide in English. We were the only people on the tour. The kids and adults both loved it. Cost was 36e for the six of us. Take cash as they don't accept cards.
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