Church of San Giorgio in VelabroApprox. Time: 2 hours
Activity Level: Easiest

A fascinating and fine example of the combination of architectural styles through the ages. The Church of San Giorgio in Velabro was probably founded in the VIIth century by Pope Leo II, though the building in all probability made use of an existing shell that may have had some civic purpose in classical times. Considerable remodeling and restoration throughout the XIII and XV centuries has altered the original architecture, and it continues in this century. Between 1923 and 1926, the church underwent radical restoration work by the Rome Monuments Department to return the church to its rightful "medieval" aspect and remove the accretions of successive historical periods. The ancient windows allowing light to penetrate the nave were re-opened; the pavement raised again to its original level, and the apse restored and given marble cladding paneling. Further maintenance work on the roofing, the ciborium and the external cladding was carried out in 1963 and is currently being conducted to restore damage which occurred during a 1993 explosion.

Courtesy of the Italy Tourism Board