According to legend, St Peter lived in the house of the senator Pudens and converted his host as well as his daughters Pudentiana and Praxedis to Christianity. A church was erected above this house under Pope Siricius (384-399); the apse decorated with mosaics has been preserved.
The original structure has been modified through several restorations; the bell tower was added in the 13th century. The monumental apse mosaic from the late 4th century depicts the enthroned Christ with St Peter, St Paul, St Praxedis and St Pudentia before the gates of Jerusalem. A late antique cameo cross and the four symbols of the evangelists, angel, lion, bull and eagle, appear in the heavens.
St. Peter is said to have lived in the Pudens household for seven years, and the church’s other prize is part of a table he is thought to have used as an altar for Mass.
Tickets & Tours
Colosseum to Santa Pudenziana:
Santa Pudenziana set in the Via Urbana, 1,2 km from (15 min walk) from Colosseum. Bus Lines: 27, 70, 71, 81. Hours: times are variable; usually daily 8-noon, 4~6.