"Bocca della Verita" Ancient Rome Tip by TRimer

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  Mouth of Truth
by TRimer

One must to do in Rome is to put your hand in the Bocca della Verita (Mouth of Truth). The Bocca della Verita is located on a wall at Santa Maria in Cosmedin (one of the finest medieval churches in Rome). Legend has it that if you put your right hand into the mouth while telling a lie, it will snap shut. It was made famous in the movie -Roman Holiday.

Santa Maria in Cosmedin was built over the remains of some Roman buildings in the 6th Century. It is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and was originally cared for by Greek monks (the term "cosmedin" derives from the Greek word for "adorn"). It is well known by its tall and beautiful bell tower, but even more so by the Mouth of Truth.

Santa Maria is located on Via dei Cerchi across the street from the Temple of Vesta.

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  • Updated Jan 30, 2006
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