The church of Sant' Anastasia al Palatino was first built at the foot of the Palatine hill in the 4th century and dedicated to the martyr, Anastasia of Sirmium, who died in 304, during the persecutions of the emperor Diocletian.
In the course of time it became the official church of representatives of the Eastern Empire, who resided on the Palatine. Sant' Anastasia was completely rebuilt in the 17th century, at the behest of Pope Urban VIII (r. 1623-44).
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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