Basilica di Santa Maria in Cosmedin, Roma

June 9, 2010 § 2 Comments

sticking my hand inside the Mouth of Truth. May 02, 2010.

If you’re planning to visit the Colosseo, Foro Romano and the Palentino in the early half of the day, and continue your journey to visit some beautiful churches scattering nearby… Do yourself a favor, find out where is your lunch spot located first.

We got out of the Palentino around 1pm , and walked towards the Basilica di Santa Maria in Cosmedin. There were hardly any restaurants or deli in sight, which was fine at that hour but we didn’t know it was going to get worse.

The Basilica di Santa Maria in Cosmedin, built during the 6th century, appears to have a less decorative interior. Some people might find it plain, but I think it’s was nice to visit something different. However the highlight of this church isn’t the interior, or whoever’s remains is in there. It was the “mouth of truth” right outside the entrance that attracts me to visit.

Although it might used to be part of a 1st century fountain or a manhole cover, I prefer the “lie detactor” theory. How can you not love it after watching the Roman Holiday? Of course it’s mendatory for me to stick my hand inside the mouth and take a tourist picture. We were lucky that no one was lining up when we arrived. But soon after we were done visiting, a big group of school kids has arrived.

Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck in "Roman Holiday"


Previous stop: Foro Romano [The Roman Forum]
Next stop: Basilica di Santa Sabina

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