This small church is located behind the Arco di Giano (Arch of Janus). While the construction probably dates back to the sixth century, it was rebuilt during the reign of Pope Leo in 682. The name is derived from the “Velabrum”, the river marshland where it is said that Faustulus found Romulus and Remus.

A Romanesque tower with four tiers of three-mullioned windows and a portico with four columns, surmounted by Ionic capitals, were added during the thirteenth century. Restoration work has taken place repeatedly over the years. Inside the church we find an altar, below which are the remains of Saint George. The interior features a double row of columns in marble and granite. The columns, differing in origin and in form, divide the interior into three naves. Unfortunately, the church was practically entirely destroyed in 1993 as a result of a bomb attack. It has since been fully restored to its former condition, and was reopened on 6 July 1996 after three years’ work.


Via del Velabro, 19


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Wedding Office

Tuesday, Friday and Saturday:
10:00 – 12:30
16:00 – 18:15

Opening hours for the months of July and August:

16:00 – 18:15
19:00 – 21:00

Friday and Saturday:
10:00 – 12:30
16:00 – 18:15

Scheduled Masses
From Monday to Friday: 7.30am
Saturday and Sunday: 8.30am