|San Sebastiano al Palatino|
|English name:||St Sebastian on the Palatine|
|Built:||10th century, rebuilt 17th century|
|Address:|| 1 Via San Bonaventura|
Palatine archaeological area
The church is in the archaeological area of the Palatine hill, to which there is an entrance fee. However, the Via di San Bonaventura leading from the Colosseum gives free access, although it is a dead end. The church may not be accessible at all times due to excavations in the area.
According to legend, this is the site of St Sebastian's martyrdom. A church was built here in the 10th century, and the present church is the result of rebuilding ordered by Pope Urban VIII in 1624. It was first known as Santa Maria in Pallara, named after the Palladium, the ancient image of Athena from Troy. The Palladium was allegedly kept in a pagan temple at this site, along with some of the most sacred objects in pagan Rome.
The current titular of the church is Cardinal Edwin Frederick O'Brien .
The 10th century paintings in the apse were preserved when the church was rebuilt. They show Christ between St Lawrence and St Stephen, the deacons, St Sebastian and St Zoticus, and below them Our Lady flanked by angels.