retold from borrowed thresholds
of broken pieces
Consecrated as a church in the fourth region of Rome since AD 527, the Basilica of Santi Cosma and Damiano situated in the Roman Forum enclosure was originally built in the 6th century (some accounts say the 2nd century). Rebuilt several times over the centuries and its ruins sold off to pay for its refurbishment in 1632, this basilica has served as the “mother church” of the Franciscan Friars of the Third Order Regular since 1512.
Trivia: Although the Corinthian columns and the other embellished portions of the entrance were “lifted” from elsewhere, these bronze doors are original to the building. This “minor” basilica holds the grand distinction as one of the first public churches in Rome.
Many tales have been spun since Medieval times that label this basilica as “The Temple of Romulus.” Experts however remain convinced that there is no evidence to support those stories.
The Emmy Nominated BBC 2020 TV Series “Normal People” filmed its Italy scene in front of the steps to these doors.
Close-up detail of one side of the Basilica of Santi Cosma and Damiano’s doors below:
Wider angle showing the Basilica of Santi Cosma and Damiano within the context of the Roman Forum complex below (Its small bluish dome and green patina door are in the foreground on the right):
Written for #ThursdayDoors – Dan Antion – @ No Facilities