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Six Senses Rome (Early 2023) Experiences

San Marcello al Corso Church

While the spectacular marble façade features stucco decorations, Travertine human-like statues, flying angels and a medallion, the interiors are embellished by frescos in the chapels, gold elements both on the vaults and on the ceiling, and a big wooden Crucifix dusted with gold. Here the story gets very interesting.

Having survived a fire that destroyed the church in 1519, the crucifix was popularly believed to possess intercessory powers, a belief that was further enhanced by its perceived role in ridding the city of plague a few years later. Following these events, Romans have started to venerate the cross, particularly at Easter but also in times of emergency. During the recent pandemic in March 2020, Pope Francis paid a holy visit to the Church, prayed in front of the Crucifix against the pandemic and had it brought to an empty St Peter's Square for the 2020 Easter mass.

Another highlight is the church's basement and 8th-century baptism sanctuary (the oldest in Rome) which came to light during some renovation works at the beginning of the last century. Once again, the underground of Rome has revealed its hidden secrets!

The archaeological site is very-well preserved and it includes the remains of a unique, big tub for the immersion rite, some Roman stone plaques as well as the remains of Roman walls (Opus reticulatum).

It is clearly visible within our hotel - the only other way to see it is from the basement of San Marcello al Corso Church.

Duration

1 hour

Inclusions

Private guide with our archaeologist

Price

  • Visit of the church: complimentary
  • Archaeologist guide: charges apply
San Marcello al Corso Church

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