Basilica of Santa Pudenziana

Santa Pudenziana

The Basilica of Santa Pudenziana is a small three-naved church in Rome. It was built in the IV century over a residential building dated the II century AD. During the early Christian era there was the Ecclesiae Pudentianae church named after Pudens the Roman, who had sheltered Saint Peter for the night. However, in course of time it was decided that Pudentiana was a sister to Saint Praxedes. This church is one of the oldest in Rome, though it was restored for many times. The Basilica is most famous for its beautiful mosaics dated 402-417. The apse mosaic shows Christ on a throne decorated with gems, his Apostles around him, though images of the two of them were destroyed during restoration in 1588. There are two women behind them, considered to be Saint Pudentiana and Praxedes or an allegoric combination of the Pagan and Christian symbols, which was typical of the early Christian churches. The bell-tower was finished only in the XIII century. The church is close to the Basilica of Santa Prassede, famous for its magnificent altar mosaics of the IX century. There is one of the Instruments of Christ’s Passions in the chapel – the pillar to which Christ is said to have been tied for flagellation.

Address: Via Urbana, 160
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8 am – 12 pm, 3 pm – 6 pm, Sat-Sun 9 am – 12 pm, 3 pm – 6 pm
How to reach: Termini, Cavour, Repubblica – Teatro Opera
Coordinates: 41.898426, 12.495558