The ancient church of Santa Susanna may have been founded as early as the 4th century. The current church was rebuilt between 1585 and 1603 for a monastery of Cistercian nuns, which was founded here in 1587. The beautiful facade is the work of Carlo Maderno (1556-1629).
The church is dedicated to Susanna, a Roman martyr who was beheaded in a house on this site circa 295.
The frescoes in the nave are by Baldassare Croce, and depict tales of the Old Testament Susanna, while the frescoes in the sanctuary are by Cesare Nebbia.
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