The story of St Agnes, presented in the Basilica which takes her name, invites us to reflect on the values of strength and purity whilst facing earthly life with sincerity and courage.
The complex which surrounds the Basilica was commissioned to be built by Costanza, daughter of the Emperor Constantine over the place where the tomb of St Agnes, Virgin and Martyr, was buried. The complex comprises: catacombs, the fourth century Basilica and the mausoleum. The Basilica was reconstructed in the seventh century when the first Basilica was abandoned. It is amongst the most integrated of the Byzantine Roman Basilicas and one of the most important Cemetery Basilicas.
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