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Basilica di Santa Maria in Cosmedin

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Address: Piazza della Bocca della Verita, 18 | 00186, Rome, Italy
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Greek church

Interesting church in the Greek style. There is an interesting bell tower and Gothic canopy. The floor is in style cosmatesco.

Reviewed 18 April 2017
Sofia, Bulgaria
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Sofia, Bulgaria
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Reviewed 18 April 2017

Interesting church in the Greek style. There is an interesting bell tower and Gothic canopy. The floor is in style cosmatesco.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 April 2017

Beautiful church and only a small queue for the Bocca Della Verita and no queue at all for St Valetine's skull. Free/ donation to take photos.

1 Thank Laura M
Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 25 March 2017

I was in the area in the middle of summer tourist season and went to the St. Maria in Cosmedin Church which contains the Bocca della Verità (aka the mouth of truth). The queue to try it went round the corner. Made famous by the film Roman Holiday from the 60s when Gregory Peck puts his hand in and tells... More 

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Gorinchem, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 2 March 2017

There are many places that claim they have valentine's skull, but it could also possibly be here. It is well displayed and preserved. Also take a good look at the wooden ceiling and the many frescoes on the walls.

1 Thank Wendy D
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Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

I arrived in Rome on February 14th. It would have been rude not to find St Valentine's skull. So glad I did. The mosaic on the wall of the little gift shop is amazing, the different coloured patterned floor is unusual & of course St Valentine.

Thank Clare G
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Reviewed 11 November 2016

Smallish church and slightly different to many others that you see in Rome. Very atmospheric with some Greek style wall art. Also houses the skull of St Valentine. Worth popping in if you are passing.

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Bucharest, Romania
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Reviewed 24 October 2016

An old brick church,with a high,slender,rectangular bell tower.The only thing that makes it somehow interesting is that close to its entry you can find Bocca della Verita.

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Roseville, California
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Reviewed 14 October 2016

This church was near our rental and we roamed in for a look, and had to get our photo taken in the same place Cary Grant did in an old movie. Not real exciting and we looked like genuine tourists. Some tourists get charged to take a photo. Luckily, we did not.

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Bucharest, Romania
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Reviewed 3 October 2016

Located ten minutes walking by step from the Theatre of Marcellus, that Church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin is very visited by tourists today for Mouth of Truth. The church was built on the site of an old pagan temple dedicated to Hercules Invintus, but nowaday people stand in a queue and pay for one photo with Mouth of Truth... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 October 2016

Stunning church.....see St Valentines Skull...apparently the patron saint of epilepsy...among the more obvious stuff!!! Put your hand in the mouth of truth to see if you tell lies(€2).... Something for everyone here!

1 Thank jocafferkey

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Contrary to the chaos of the city, the Aventine is Rome’s oasis. A neighbourhood made up of a patchwork of ancient churches, hidden gardens, private homes and embassies, peace and quiet is top priority and the vibe definitely friends and family. Take a walk around the Aventine and you’ll find a treasure hunt of surprises like the clever little keyhole at the Knights of Malta entrance (the only place you’ll find a line) along with Parco Savello (Giardino degli Aranci) next to the ancient Santa Sabina church. Keep your eyes on the 1960s architecture, several modern buildings are built atop Rome’s original 4th century BC wall.
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