The San Giorgio in Velabro Church in Rome is a small church half hidden behind the Arch of Janus. It was restored in 1996 after having been almost completely destroyed by a terrorist attack three years earlier. Because of its picturesque location and intimate atmosphere, it is very popular for weddings.
San Giorgio in Velabro Church
The address of the Chiesa di San Giorgio in Velabro is Via del Velabro, 19 (tel. 0039 06 69797536). Bus: 51, 81, 85, 87, 160, 160F, 186, 628, 715, 810, C3. Opening hours: Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from 10.00 to 12.30 and from 16.00 to 18.30. Entrance fee: Free.
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History and description
The San Giorgio in Velabro Church is dedicated to Saint George, whose mortal remains are preserved under the altar.
It probably dates from the 6th century and was restored under Pope Leo II towards the end of the 7th century.
The Greek writings on display in large numbers indicate that the church was originally dedicated to the Greek rite. The name Velabrum refers to the marshy part of the river where Faustulus is said to have found Romulus and Remus. The church itself has often been damaged by floods.
What to see
The façade is preceded by a portico with an architrave and four columns with Ionic capitals. The sturdier pillars in the corners are made of pottery.
The bell tower is an addition from the year 1100.
The interior is characterized by two rows of marble and granite columns that divide the church into three naves.
The rather barren effect that the interior offers is due to the many renovations that were necessary in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
The main altar in the presbytery consists of a slab decorated with cosmatesque motifs between somewhat smaller columns.
The most important work of art in the San Giorgio in Velabro Church is the fresco depicting “Christ, the Virgin and Saints” made in 1295 by Pietro Cavallini.
The Arch attached to the church on the left side is the Arco degli Argentari.