San Sebastiano al Palatino

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San Sebastiano al Palatino Sancti Sebastiani in Monte Palatino (in Latin)
Campitelli - san Sebastiano al Palatino - facciata 01620-1.JPG
Basic information
Location Italy Rome, Italy
Affiliation Roman Catholic
District Lazio
Province Rome
Country Italy
Ecclesiastical or organizational status Titular church
Leadership Cardinal Edwin Frederick O'Brien
Website Official website
Architectural type Church

San Sebastiano al Palatino is a church in Rome. It is dedicated to Saint Sebastian, and is located on the Palatine Hill.

According to legend, it is built on the site of its dedicatee's martyrdom, with the first church constructed in the 10th century, and the second (and present) church being the result of Pope Urban VIII's 1624 rebuild. That rebuild preserved the apse frescoes (of Christ between Saint Lawrence and Saint Stephen, Saint Sebastian and Saint Zoticus as deacons, and below them Our Lady flanked by angels) from the original church.

Originally the church was known as Santa Maria in Pallara, after the Palladium, the ancient image of Athena from Troy which - along with some of the most sacred objects in pagan Rome - was allegedly kept in a pagan temple on the same site.

Titular Church

On 5 March 1973, San Sebastiano al Palatino was established as a Cardinal titular church. American Cardinal Edwin Frederick O'Brien is the church's current Cardinal-Deacon, created on February 18, 2012, by Pope Benedict XVI at St. Peter's Basilica.[1]

List of Cardinal Protectors

John Patrick Foley (24 November 2007 - 11 December 2011)

Dino Monduzzi (21 February 1998 - 13 October 2006)

Yves Marie-Joseph Congar (26 November 1994 - 22 June 1995)

Ferdinando Giuseppe Antonelli (5 March 1973 - 12 July 1993)


  1. ^ Cheney, David M. "San Sebastiano al Palatino (Cardinal Titular Church) [Catholic-Hierarchy]". Retrieved 2017-05-14. 
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Coordinates: 41°53′22.84″N 12°29′19.14″E / 41.8896778°N 12.4886500°E / 41.8896778; 12.4886500

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