The ancient church of San Crisogono, which was probably founded in the 4th century, is dedicated to St Chrysogonous. The church was rebuilt in the 12th century and again in the early 17th century, when the work was funded by Cardinal Scipione Borghese, whose name is emblazoned across the the facade.
The somewhat stocky bell tower dates back to the 12th century rebuilding. The 22 granite columns in the nave are ancient Roman in origin and the beautiful floor is cosmatesque. The baldachino was designed by Giovanni Battista Soria (1581-1651), the architect who directed the rebuilding of the church, at the behest of Cardinal Borghese.
The remains of the first church were discovered in 1907 and the excavations can be visited.
My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private walking tours of Rome.
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