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Santa Maria in Cosmedin

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July 12, 2019
Santa Maria in Cosmedin is a minor basilica built during the Middle Ages, renowned for "La Bocca della Verità" (Mouth of Truth), located on the north side of the church. Legend has it that if a person places his or her hand in the mouth of the statue and lies, the mouth will close and cut their hand…
Federico Eugenio
Federico Eugenio
August 22, 2018
The most beautiful example of the Romanesque church town. On the porch of the church, the famous "Mouth of Truth" (Also appearing in the movie "Roman Holiday" by Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn), a Roman man-shaped mound. Legend tells that the "Mouth of Truth" cut the liar's hand if it put it in…
September 10, 2015
It is one of the most interesting churches in Rome, with important medieval art, an unusual crypt, and an atmosphere of antiquity.It is Best known for the "Mouth of Truth".
March 28, 2015
In the ancient Foro Boarium, this is a lovely medieval church which also houses the "mouth of truth." Nearby see the round Temple of Hercules Victor, the Temple of Portunus, and the Arch of Janus.
May 1, 2014
the famous Bocca della Verita' is here

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18 Piazza della Bocca della Verità
Roma, Lazio 00186
Phone+39 06 678 7759
Hours of Operation statusClosed · Opens 9:30 AM