The original basilica was built by Pope Sixtus III in the 5th century. Much of the original structure survives, although over the centuries successive Popes have altered and added to the building, with the main façade by Ferdinando Fuga for Benedict XIV being constructed in the mid-18th century. The basilica is notable for its magnificent 5th century mosaics.
The ancient Roman obelisk was erected here by Pope Sixtus V in 1587.
This view is of the apsidal north-west elevation from Via Cavour.     
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
 
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February 2000
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