Ruine dell’antico Tempio dei SS. Pietro e Marcellino (Book
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Three miles off Porta Maggiore along the ancient Via Labicana
(now Casilina), the remains of the hoctagonal Monument of the
Empress Helena (mother of Costantinus) have inside a little
chapel honouring SS. Pietro e Marcellino. The ruins are
called Tor Pignattara and the area was and is named after them (see 1911 small map here below).
In the vast eastern suburbs of Rome, Tor Pignattara is almost
hidden by modern buildings. Everything is cheap and new, then
unexpectedly one comes across an old gate and, behind that, history.
The tiny baroque chapel in the large circular tower is the entrance
to extensive catacombs.
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