Santi Celso e Giuliano
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41°54′2.01″N 12°28′1″E / 41.9005583°N 12.46694°E / 41.9005583; 12.46694Coordinates: 41°54′2.01″N 12°28′1″E / 41.9005583°N 12.46694°E / 41.9005583; 12.46694
LocationVicolo del Curato 12, Rome
DenominationRoman Catholic
StatusMinor basilica
Architectural typeChurch
Elevation and Plan
Elevation and Plan

Santi Celso e Giuliano is a minor basilica[1] church in Rome, Italy in the care of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest. It has held this status by custom and practice since ancient times. The church is located on Vicolo del Curato number 12, just off Via del Banco di Santo Spirito, the road leading to Ponte Sant'Angelo.

SS. Celso e Giuliano is a 'papal chapel'. Canons of the collegiate church are mentioned in the 14th century.[2] Cardinal Giovanni Antonio Sangiorgio (died 1509) had been the Archpriest, and was buried in the church.[3] In the 17th century, it is recorded, there was an Archpriest and seven Canons.[4]

A church on the site was built in the 9th century, reconstruction of the church began in the 16th century under Pope Julius II, who asked Bramante for a design (1509). The designs were never fully implemented. Under Pope Clement XII, the architect Carlo de Dominicis created the church we see today in an oval plan, completed in 1735, including the facade. The main altarpiece is a Christ in Glory by Pompeo Batoni.

As of Christmas Eve of 2019, the rector of the basilica invited canons of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest to take over the church, and it is now the home of the Institute in Rome. [5]

See also


  1. ^ (in English) Basilics in Italy
  2. ^ Salvino Salvini, Catalogo cronologico de' canonici della chiesa metropolitana fiorentina compilato l'anno 1751 (Firenze: per Gaetano Cambiagi stampatore granducale, 1782), p. 26.
  3. ^ Cardella, Lorenzo (1793). Memorie storiche de' cardinali della santa Romana chiesa (in Italian). Vol. Tomo secondo (2). Roma: nella stamperia Pagliarini. pp. 251–252.
  4. ^ M. Armellini (1887 edition), p. 185.
  5. ^ "A New Apostolate in Rome: The Institute in the Eternal City". Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest. 6 January 2020.