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Santa Pudenziana

K5 Via Urbana 160 § 06-481 4622 @ 16, 75, 105, 714 q Cavour # 8:30am– noon & 3–6pm daily

Churches tend to be dedicated to existing saints, but this church, through a linguistic accident, created a brand new saint. In the 1st century AD a Roman senator called Pudens lived here, and is said to have allowed St Peter to lodge with him. In the 2nd century a bath house was built on this site and in the 4th century a church was established inside the baths, known as the Ecclesia Pudentiana (the church of Pudens). In time it was assumed that “Pudentiana” was a woman’s name and a life was created for her – she became the sister of Prassede and was credited with ...

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