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Domine Quo Vadis (Santa Maria in Palmis)

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Via Appia Antica, 51
www.vicariatusurbis.org
Every day 8:00-18:30. In summer 8:00-19:30. Free entry.

The church stands at the intersection of the Via Appia and the Via Ardeatina, the place where, according to tradition, Jesus appeared to Peter as he was fleeing Rome to escape the persecution of Nero. When asked by the apostle “Lord, where are you going?” (“Domine, quo vadis?”), Jesus said, “I am going to Rome to be crucified again”). Peter, understanding the reprimand, turned back to face martyrdom. Jesus disappeared, but left his footprints imprinted in a stone, a copy of which is kept inside the church, hence the name “in palmis”. The original is in the nearby Basilica of San Sebastiano fuori le Mura. Founded in the ninth century, the church of Santa Maria in Palmis was rebuilt in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, when the facade was built in its present form.


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Via Appia Antica, 51, 00179 Roma, Italy

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