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Basilica Di San Silvestro in Capite, Rome

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Chiesa di San Silvestro was built by Pope Paul I and Pope Stephen III in 8th century as a shrine for the relics of the Christian saints and martyrs buried in the Catacombs. The basilica is famous for enshrining a fragmented head of Saint John the Baptist. The style and structure of the church have undergone changes through the centuries and the present aspect can be traced back to 16th century. The exterior and interior of the Basilica are richly adorned with decorations, sculptures and inscriptions with works of Francesco da Volterra and Carlo Maderno.