The church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin was built by Pope Adrian I (r. 772-95). It was substantially restored in the early 12th century and 600 years later it was given a Baroque makeover, including a new facade, by the architect Giuseppe Sardi (1680-1768). The Baroque additions were removed at the end of the 19th century.
The church preserves in its portico a much-photographed ancient Roman drain-cover, known as the Mouth of Truth (Bocca della Verita).
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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