12 April 2008

Santo Stefano Rotondo, Rome, Italy

Coordinates: 41° 53' 4" N, 12° 29' 48" E. Find With Google Earth.

Santo Stefano Rotondo, Rome, Italy

Santo Stefano Rotondo, also known as Santo Stefano al Monte Celio, is an ancient basilica church in Rome. It lies on the Caelian Hill.

The edifice was consecrated by Pope Simplicius between 468 and 483. It was dedicated to protomartyr Saint Stephen, whose body had been discovered a few decades before in the Holy Land, and brought into Rome. The church was the first in Rome to have a circular plan, inspired by the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. Learn more...

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