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Basilica of San Nicola in Carcere

You are along the route: CHURCHES IN TEMPLES. THE NEW FACE OF THE SACRED

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Via del Teatro Marcello, 46

san nicola in carcere
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Basilica: Every day 10:00-18:00. Free entry.
Crypt: Every day except Wednesday 10:00-18:00. Admission fee.

The medieval church of San Nicola in Carcere is located on the site of the ancient Forum Holitorium, where, in the period of the Roman Republic, there were four temples dedicated to Juno Sospita, Janus, Hope, Mercy. During the Middle Ages the temples were turned into prison, hence the name “in carcere”. The church was almost completely renovated in 1599 by the architect Giacomo della Porta and was further restored in 1865. In 1932, during a general reorganization, the buildings huddled around the area were demolished, bringing to light the remains of three of the ancient temples. The interior has three aisles divided by fourteen columns, each originally in the ancient temples, and houses wonderful works by Guercino (“Trinity and Angels”), Antonio Romano (“Madonna and Child”) and Lorenzo Costa (“Ascension”).

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Always visible on the outside.

Ancient sources cited four temples dedicated to Hope, to Juno Sospita, to Janus and to Mercy in the Forum Holitorium, the old vegetable market near the Tiber. All were destroyed at the end of the first century BC to make way for the Theatre of Marcellus and rebuilt a little further away, with the exception of the Temple of Mercy for which there was not enough space. The three temples are still partially visible, having been incorporated in the church of S. Nicola in Carcere and the fourth was found during excavations of the neighbouring area.

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Via del Teatro di Marcello, 46, 00186 Roma, Italy

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