- This basilica was built in the 8th century by the Saxon king Ine of Wessex on the site of the Schola Saxonum, a base for Saxon pilgrims in Rome. In 1495, the church merged with the neighboring hospital of the same name under the direction of Pope Sisto IV. Damaged during the sack of Rome in 1527, it was reconstructed and rebuilt throughout the latter half of the 16th century. Peek inside at the ornate interior, which represents Medieval, Byzantine and Renaissance styles. Don't forget to look up, the intricately adorned golden ceiling and towering alters are truly a site to behold.
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