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Typology: Parish Church


Address: Via Nomentana, 349
Zone: Quartiere Monte Sacro Alto (Roma nord)
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Telephone: +39 06 86205456
Fax: +39 06 8610840
Web site: www.santagnese.com

Opening times


Weekdays  8.00am 7.00pm
Holidays  8.00am 10.00am 11.15am 7.00pm

Weekdays 8.00am  7.00pm
Holidays 8.00 – 10.00 – 11.15 – 12.30 - 19.00

During the Mass is not allowed to visit the Church

Mausoleo di Costanza
9.00 am - 12.00 pm (noon) and 3.00 pm - 6.00 pm, daily
Closed on Sunday morning and religious holidays

from 9.00 to 12.00 (except on Sunday morning and religious holidays) and from 15.00 to 17.00
Closed: from November 2nd to November 29th


Visite guidate alle catacombe:
biglietto intero € 8 - ridotto € 5


The church of Sant'Agnese fuori le Mura was built in 324, by the order of Costanza, daughter to Emperor Costantino, on top of the ruins of a cemetery and the catacombs that hosted the relics of the Saint. It was rebuilt made by order of Pope Onorio I and later on restored numerous times. It is one of the most integral and eminent examples of an antique christian basilica. The façade hosts a marvellous Renaissance portal, adorned by the emblem of the upcoming Pope Giulio II, and it is surmounted by a mullioned window. A large marble stairway dated 1590 descends to the narthex of the church. On the walls one finds tombstones’ fragments and architectural elements coming from the catacombs. The interior, preceded by the narthex, embodies three naves separated by fourteen antique columns, with beautiful Corinthian capitals. Very interesting is the mosaic portraying Sant’Agnese as byzantine empress on a golden background, one of the highest examples of byzantine art in Rome. Every year, on the 21st of January, inside the church two lambs are blessed and their wool is used to wrap up a "pallium" the Pope then gives to the newly nominated archi-bishops.

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Culture and leisure › Cultural heritage › Archaeological heritage
Culture and leisure › Cultural heritage › Archaeological heritage
Last checked: 2015-09-14 8:18