This church has had a long history, from the first basilica that was dedicated to St. Agnes at the site of her grave by Constantia during Roman times, a new church built under Pope Honorius in the seventh century, and the most recent major renovation completed under Pope Blessed Pius IX (1846-1878.)
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Reviews

  • Fade Manley

    5
    - 24 July 2018 -

    Amazing fourth century mosaics in stunningly good condition. Bring coins for the offering slot to have them lit up properly. Also keep an eye on the ceilings, with their variety of mosaics, from geometric to cupids to florals to figural to birds... For such a small church, it's amazing stuff, especially if you're interested in the art of late antiquity.

  • Francesco Cucchi

    5
    - 24 April 2018 -

    I love it

  • Nazario Serritelli

    5
    - 22 April 2018 -

    Great little church a lot of history

  • Stephen Meatheringham

    5
    - 05 February 2018 -

    According to the records the first church on the site was dedicated to St Agnes in 342 by Constantine. There are catacombs under the church whose use has been dated to this time. In the 7th century a new church was built and that is today's building. A monastery has also been there since the Middle Ages. The Corinthian columns in the nave were all repurposed from other buildings and mostly match. The Byzantine-style mosaic is from 625. The baldacchino is early 17th century. The shrine containing St Agnes's tomb is downstairs at the start of the catacombs and her relics in a silver reliquary beneath the high altar. It is possible to take a guided tour - not done.

  • Vasili Timonen

    5
    - 13 October 2017 -

    According to the Diocese, the opening hours of the basilica are 07:30 to 12:00 and 16:00 to 19:30. (2017). Beware of the extended lunch break. Mass is celebrated: Weekdays 8:00, 19:00; Sundays 8:00, 10:00, 11:15, 12:30 (not summer), 19:00. This is a parish church. Because there is nothing else worth seeing in the neighbourhood apart from the basilica and the complex associated with it, large tour groups and non-religious tourists tend not to visit and hence leave the basilica to the serious art students and pilgrims. The quickest way to get here is the express bus line 60, which calls at Colosseo and Piazza Venezia. Get off at Viale XXI Aprile, and walk a short distance down the Via Nomentana away from the city centre and past the monastery. As at 2017, the catacomb opening times are: 9:00 to 12:00 (not Sundays or Solemnities), 15:00 to 17:00. The catacombs are closed in November. The cost is eight euros per person. Visitors are taken through in groups by a tour guide. A visit to the catacombs here can be a very pleasant contrast to the crowds at the other public catacombs, especially on the Via Appia. On the other hand, a tour guide who can speak English is not guaranteed. If you are on a catacomb crawl, it is possible to do this set of catacombs and those at Santa Priscilla in one morning without going back to the city centre and out again. You have to walk through the Trieste suburb, which is not a great distance but requires a map.

  • claire

    5
    - 02 July 2017 -

    The basilica and mausoleum are beautiful, quiet and well-kept. We were the only visitors to the catacombs at the time (tickets €8 each), our guide was an archaeologist who spoke English very well and answered all our questions about the catacombs and the basilica. The only downside is that it's closed 12-3pm.

  • Kristine Tara Fuentes Defante

    5
    - 27 February 2017 -

    Not part of the regular tourist hitlist. But definitely worth getting off the beaten path.

  • Chad Griffiths

    4
    - 05 April 2016 -

    A beautiful hidden gem.

  • Joao Cesar Escossia

    5
    - 10 February 2014 -

    The Basilica di Sant'Agnese Fuori le Mura (Basilica of St. Agnes Outside the Walls) is a 7th century church in Rome. It is notable for its mosaics, shrine of the virgin martyr St. Agnes, and catacombs. The current basilica, as rebuilt by Honorius in the mid-7th century, stands over an early Christian catacomb. In the 4th century, the soft rock was hollowed out around Saint Agnes's tomb to create a gathering space, probably for her family to observe the anniversary of her death. The visits of her family and friends spread early to others in Rome, and the site became a place of pilgrimage. By 340, Costanza, daughter of emperor Constantine, enlarged the underground area and built a large private mausoleum over it which is now known as the "mausoleo di Santa Costanza." According to legend, Constanza had been afflicated with leprosy and was cured after praying at the tomb of St. Agnes. The church of Saint Agnes was then built next to the mausoleum in the 7th century. The floor level of the 7th-century church is at the level of the catacomb floor, and the public street entrances are at the level of the second floor gallery. The body of St. Agnes lies in a silver sarcophagus that can be seen in the Basilica of St. Agnes Outside the Walls. Her head is in the Church of Sant’ Agnese in Agone in the Piazza Navona.

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