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Church of San Lorenzo de' Speziali in Miranda (formerly Temple of Antoninus and Faustina)

Dedicated to St Lawrence, the 3rd century deacon and martyr of Rome, the church dominates the Roman Forum and was created in the Middle Ages inside the cell of the temple that the emperor Antoninus Pius had dedicated in 141 AD to his wife Faustina. On the death of the emperor, the Senate decreed that the temple be dedicated to both and a line was added above the inscription: DIVO ANTONINO ET DIVAE FAVSTINAE EX S C. (“To the divine Antoninus and the divine Faustina, by decree of the Senate”). 

11th-century sources mention the church as San Lorenzo in Miranda, an appellation traditionally linked to the wonderful panorama of the Forum, since the Latin word “miranda” means “things worthy of admiration”. In 1429, Pope Martin V gave the church to the Collegio degli Speziali (College of Chemists and Herbalists), to make it a place of study and assistance.

The church was completely renovated between 1601 and 1614 by Orazio Torriani. Ten columns of the ancient temple form a portico in front of the façade, which is on two orders and made of bricks.The interior, with a single nave, has three chapels on each side. The church preserves important paintings by 17th-century masters: on the high altar the “Martyrdom of St Lawrence”, by Pietro da Cortona, in the first chapel on the left the “Madonna with Child and Saints” by Domenichino.

The building is currently owned by the Nobile Collegio Chimico Farmaceutico Universitas Aromatoriarum Urbis. In the local of the College, it is possible to visit the Museum of Pharmaceutical Art which houses a splendid collection of vases and other ancient pharmacy tools.

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The façade of the church, which corresponds to the colonnade of the former temple of Antoninus and Faustina, can be seen externally when visiting the archaeological area of the Roman Forum.

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Chiesa di San Lorenzo de' Speziali in Miranda (già tempio di Antonino e Faustina), Via In Miranda, 10
Via In Miranda, 10
41° 53' 32.838" N, 12° 29' 14.6796" E


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