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Labicana street (from Colosseo to Merulana street), with the view of Santi Marcellino & Pietro church and the Bell Tower of S. Antonio da Padova church, both in Merulana street

Santi Marcellino e Pietro is a church in Rome on the Via Merulana. It is dedicated to Saints Marcellinus and Peter, 4th century Roman martyrs, whose relics were brought here in 1256.
The first church on the site was built by Pope Siricius in the 4th century, close to the Via Labicana catacombs of Marcellinus and Peter, with an adjoining hospice which became a centre for pilgrims. This church was restored by Pope Gregory III in the 8th century.
The church was again restored in 1256, and the martyrs' relics moved into it, by Pope Alexander IV. (Also under the high altar at present is an urn containing relics of Saint Marcia.) On the left side is an altar dedicated to the Blessed Virgin, with a copy of Guido Reni's The Virgin in Glory with Angels, St Joseph and St Rita. Next to it is the Chapel of Reconciliation. An image of the dedicatees was placed on the first column on the left from the entrance during this restoration, with an inscription recording the restoration. The hospice and church were then given in 1276 to the Confraternity of those Commended to the Saviour.
The present church is the result of Pope Benedict XIV's 1751 rebuild, leaving it with its present cube-shaped exterior, divided by pilaster strips in a style close to Neo-Classicism, Borromini-influenced dome, fašade by Girolamo Theodoli, and altarpiece by Gaetano Lapis depicting the dedicatees' martyrdom. After that restoration the church was given to the Discalced Carmelites, who served it until 1906. A small chapel to Our Lady of Lourdes was dedicated at the south east (next to a chapel of St Gregory the Great), with a new ceiling painting of her by N. Caselli, in 1903. Since 1911, it has been a parochial church served by diocesan clergy.
The church has a Greek cross plan.

Via Labicana, con vista della chesa dei santi Marcellino e Pietro e il campanile di S.Antonio da Padova. Ambedue su via Merulana.
Santi Marcellino e Pietro Ŕ una delle chiese di Roma, costruita nel IV secolo su via Merulana e dedicata ai santi omonimi; essa si trova nel rione Monti.
La chiesa venne fatta costruire nel IV secolo da papa Siricio, nei pressi delle catacombe di via Labicana: l'annesso ospizio divenne un centro per i pellegrini. Nell'VIII secolo papa Gregorio III fece restaurare la chiesa. Papa Alessandro IV decise di ristrutturarla nel 1256, per ospitarvi le reliquie dei due santi e di santa Marzia, posta in una urna sotto l'altare maggiore.
Nel 1751 papa Benedetto XIV fece ricostruire la chiesa. Caratterizzata da un esterno a cubo con facciata di Girolamo Theodoli, un interno con pianta a croce greca, una cupola di influenza berniniana e una pala d'altare di Gaetano Lapis raffigurante il martirio dei santi titolari della chiesa. I Carmelitani scalzi ricevettero l'amministrazione del luogo di culto, mantenedola fino al 1906.

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