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Chiesa di Santa Bibiana, Rome

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Santa Bibiana is a small Baroque style, Roman Catholic church in Rome devoted to Saint Bibiana. The church façade was designed and built by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, who also produced a sculpture of the saint holding the palm leaf of martyrs.HistoryAccording to an ancient, not documented tradition, the church was built in 363 by Roman matron Olimpina on the house where, during the supposed persecution of emperor Julian, Bibiana, her mother Dafrosa and her sister Demetria would have suffered martyrdom, while her father Flavian of Montefiascone would have been exiled and martyred in a place called ad Aquas Taurinas . The church rose in the area of the Horti Liciniani, not far from the nymphaeum usually known as Temple of Minerva Medica. Near the church there was an ancient cemetery, called ad ursum pileatum.On the other hand, according to the Liber Pontificalis the church was erected in 467 under the pontificate of Pope Simplicius. Pope Leo II moved there the relics of Martyrs Simplicius, Faustina and Viatrix from the Generosa Catacombs. The same Pope built in the surroundings a church consecrated to Saint Paul, no longer extant. The church was restored by Pope Honorius III in 1224.
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  • This small but airy and lovely little church, dedicated to a very early, almost forgotten, christian martyr, truly deserves the cliche "hidden gem". You will have it to yourself, apart from the...  more »
  • Located on Via Giolitti, a noisy street that runs along the south side of Termini train station, the church of Saint Bibiana is a simple but beautiful building which is worth a visit. It is a gem...  more »
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  • This is actually a 5th century building, although it doesn't look it. Mass is celebrated: Weekdays 8:00 and 18:00 (19:00 in summer); Sundays and Solemnities 8:30, 10:30 and 18:00 (19:00 in summer).
  • A Hidden Gem. Although this small church looks unassuming from the outside, once inside one will find the exquisite work of Bernini, who reworked the interior in the 17th century. If you're staying in the Termini district, it's a "must see".

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