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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Elizabeth Annand (3 months ago)
One of the best things to see here. Even if you are not a fan of history, you need to visit this.
Matilda Everingham (3 months ago)
Great value for money, beautiful architecture. One of the best sights in Rome.
Francis Tiso (4 months ago)
a profound journey back in time, as in a magical time machine, to the world of early Christian families in Rome. important role for the mothers in remembering the dead.
Shay Strettles (4 months ago)
We decided last minute to stop by for the next tour not knowing a reservation was ideal, there was already a reservation for a German speaking group, however the guide was happy for us to join and explained everything to us in English. We were surprised to learn that she had only been working there for 6 months as she knew her way around and was very knowledgeable! It's a wonderful piece of history without the large tourist crowds. Would definitely recommend a visit.
Arsenii Starkov (4 months ago)
It was great! We were impressed by reach colors of ancient and early medieval frescoes and mystic architecture of underground corridors. Also, an excursion was very interesting, a guide decribed basic issues of the history of catacombs in detail. Moreover, there are no many tourists in catacombs, it is a significant plus. It was one of the most exciting sights in Rome. Thank you!
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