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CHURCHES AND BASILICAS
Churches and Basilicas
Santa Maria in Cosmedin (Bocca della veritÃ )
It rises above the altar maximum of Hercules, identified with the tuff block in which is carved the crypt of the church. It was born in the third century as diakonia of Santa Maria in Schola Graeca (it is still run by the Catholic church greek-Melkite), was enlarged in the eighth century under Hadrian I and, thanks to his decorations, he earned the title of "Kosmidion" (=ornament). Amended several times in the Middle Ages, at the beginning of the '700 Giuseppe Sardi endowed it with a Baroque facade, removed at the end of '800 by Juvenal who restored the Romanesque.