San Crisogono Church

Rome, Italy

San Crisogono in Trastevere is dedicated to the martyr Saint Chrysogonus. It was probably built in the 4th century under Pope Silvester I (314–335), rebuilt in the 12th century by John of Crema, and again by Giovanni Battista Soria, funded by Scipione Borghese, in the early 17th century.

The bell tower dates from the 12th century rebuilding. The interior of the church was rebuilt in the 1620s on the site of a 12th-century church. The 22 granite columns in the nave are reused antique columns. The floor is cosmatesque mosaic, but most of it is hidden by the pews. The confessio in the sanctuary area is from the 8th century. The high altar is from 1127, with a baldachino from (1627 or 1641) by G.B Soria.

Remains from the first church, possibly from the reign of Constantine I, and earlier Roman houses can be seen in the lower parts, reached by a staircase in the sacristy. The ruins are confusing, but you can easily find the apse of the old church and you can see the remains of the martyr's shrine in middle of the apse wall. The church had an uncommon form; rather than the normal basilical plan with a central nave and two aisles on the sides, it had a single nave.

The paintings are from the 8th to the 11th century, and include Pope Sylvester Capturing the Dragon, St Pantaleon Healing the Blind Man, St Benedict Healing the Leper and The Rescue of St Placid.

Several sarcophagi have been preserved here, some beautifully decorated.

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Founded: 4th century AD
Category: Religious sites in Italy

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Todorovic Zoran (8 months ago)
One of the oldest in Rome. 4th century. Rebuilt later in 12th amd 17th. I was tired from a long walk and i missed the crypt. Info about the crypt isn't placed so that visitor can see it from the entrance.
Julie P (12 months ago)
What a hidden gem! They were so kind to let us view the crypt below the church with our teen daughters. We were absolutely blown away by the mosaics and frescoes and the ability to be up so close to ancient items.
Mike D (13 months ago)
This is a lovely church with an amazing crypt below, this is possibly the best 3 euros I spent. It is not clearly advertised that you can visit the crypt, just a small sign by the door, pay the man in the office, and he shows you the staircase down to the crypt. Lots of fragments of frescos to see and a coffin with some suspect bones in it. Highly recommended.
David Lown (2 years ago)
The church of San Crisogono boasts one of the most well-preserved Cosmatesque floors in Rome. It also has a beautiful 17th century wooden ceiling.
Hartmut P (3 years ago)
One of the very old churches in Rome, with a byzantine frecoe , beautiful tiled floor, a Chapel with the remains of a holy person and underground the remains of a 7th century Church, very rare and the only of this kind in trastevere
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