Roman Forum (East)

Roman Forum (East)

In this photo of the eastern end of the Roman Forum, you can see the remains of the Temple of Venus and Rome, built by the Emperor Hadrian, and the bell tower of the church Santa Francesca Romana, which has the relics of the saint (†1440). Each year on 9 March people bring their cars to be blessed, because St. Frances is the patroness of motorists. She is also the patroness of wives and widows. The church has a section of pavement which tradition holds has the imprint of the knees of Sts. Peter and Paul who fell to their knees and prayed to God before the magician Simon Magus who had been levitating to show his powers were greater than the Almighty’s. The magician promptly fell to his death. In addition to this, the church also has relics of Sts. Nemesius, Olympius, Sempronius, Lucilla, Imperia, and Theodolus.

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January 16, 2014 · 12:30 AM

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