San Sisto Vecchio Church Rome

The Church of San Sisto Vecchio in Rome was built in the 4th century. Since it was called Titulus Crescentianae at the time, it is assumed to have been founded by a Roman woman called Crescentia. At the moment (June 2021), the church is being restored.

San Sisto Vecchio Church Rome

San Sisto Vecchio Basilia Rome
San Sisto Vecchio

Address, opening hours and admission

Address: Piazzale Numa Pompilio, 8 – Rome (tel. +39 06 77205174). Metro: Circo Massimo. Opening hours: From 09.00 till 11.00 and from 15.00 till 17.30. Admission: Free.

History and description

It houses the relics of Pope Sixtus II, which were transferred here from the Catacombs of Saint Callixtus in the 6th century. Legend has it that the church was constructed at the exact spot where Sixtus ran into Laurentius of Rome, just before they were both killed by orders of Emperor Valerianus I.

It was Pope Horius II who donated this building to Saint Dominicus in 1219, after which it became the first convent of the Dominican nuns.

Pope Innocent III rebuilt the San Sisto in the early 13th century, which resulted a.o. in the impressive bell tower.

In the 18th century the church was again reconstructed (under Pope Benedict XIII). The architect Filippo Raguzzino only left the apse and the bell tower the way they were.

Every year during autumn there is a chrysanthemum exhibition.

Works of art

  • 13th century fresco depicting Scenes from the Apocrypha and the New Testament.

Piazzale Numa Pompilio, 8 – Rome

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