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Interior of the impressive Church of San Crisogono, a 12th century parish church located on the Viale di Trastevere across the river from Rome. The first reference to it was in 499, and it was one of the original parish churches of the city. You can still visit the remains of the lower church underneath the present structure, which is well worth the effort. Unlike many others, this upper structure wasn’t superimposed on the lower church, so it’s somewhat difficult to make sense of the plan below.

The original function of the structure is actually unknown, but it was probably not a church. The building consisted of a rectangular structure, which would have been an odd construction for a religious building at that time. It was used as one, however, as there are references to priests. It was may have been named for Chrysogonus, an obscure martyr from Aquileia, who was possibly martyred in the early fourth century. The church may not have been associated with him until his relics were translated there, however, possibly as early as the fifth century. There are some incredible paintings which remain in the lower church, very early, possibly to the sixth century.

On November 24th, the feast day of St. Chrysogonus, is held, which winds its way through the narrow streets of Trastevere, stopping at several churches along the way (the last of which is St. Cecilia). The statue of the saint is paraded through the town, borne by priests. The whole route (and back) took about 90 minutes.

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