Chiesa di Santo Stefano Rotondo

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Chiesa di Santo Stefano Rotondo information

Rome , Italy
Via di Santo Stefano Rotondo 7
Getting there
Bus: Via della Navicella
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Opening hours
9.30am-12.30pm Tue-Sun & 2-5pm Tue-Sat winter, 9.30am-12.30pm & 3-6pm Tue-Sun summer
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‘Such a panorama of horror and butchery no man could imagine in his sleep, though he were to eat a whole pig, raw, for supper.’ So wrote Charles Dickens after seeing the 16th-century frescoes that circle this otherwise tranquil church. The X-rated images – and they really are pretty graphic – depict the many tortures suffered by the early Christian martyrs.

The church, one of Rome’s oldest, dates to the late 5th century, although it was subsequently altered in the 12th and 15th centuries.