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Piazza di Santa Anastasia
The church is open every day, 24/24 for perpetual adoration. Free entry.
This wonderful church was created at the feet of the Palatine hill in a place full of religious traditions: here you find the “Lupercale”, the grotto where, according to the legend, the basket with the twins that founded Rome stopped, Romulus and Remus. During the IV century A.D. the grotto represents the first early Christian nucleus inside this building, which is the first Christian religious building to be erected in the pagan centre of the town.
Originally it was dedicated to the cult of the Anastasis (Resurrection), and only from the VI century on it was associated with the name of Anastasia, a Roma martyr woman that was crucified in Illyria on December 25th, 304 A.D. and whose celebration is connected to the first Christian Christmas in Rome.
The nowadays façade is from the Renaissance but it maintains inside some old frescos of the last medieval era.