The Basilica of Santa Sabina

The Basilica of Santa Sabina

The Basilica of Santa Sabina was founded by the Roman presbyter Pietro d'Illiria during the pontificate of Pope Celestine I (422-432) and consecrated a few years later by Pope Sixtus III (432-440). Despite the interventions over the centuries, it retains its solemn and austere character of the late antiquity cult buildings, of which it is an extraordinary example. In 1222, the basilica was entrusted to the Order of Preachers by Pope Honorius III. Probably a few years earlier, the first brothers arrived on the Aventine hill and lived in premises that existed before the construction of the convent with its cloister. The cell of St. Dominic was also created in these spaces, where, according to tradition, the famous meeting with St. Francis took place.

The basilica itself became the conventual church of the community of the Friars Preachers and is still so today. The Romans appreciate Santa Sabina as one of the most popular basilicas for wedding celebrations. Pilgrims and tourists appreciate the calm and welcoming atmosphere. For the Dominican Family, Santa Sabina is a place that refers to the holy founder of the Order who lived, prayed and preached there, as well as to the headquarters of the General Curia of the Friar Preachers and the Master of the Order.

As Dominicans, we are happy to welcome you to this basilica and we also (whenever possible) welcome groups who wish to celebrate Holy Mass in the basilica or be accompanied for a guided tour in it. For any request concerning the celebration of a wedding in Santa Sabina, you can also contact the rector of the basilica.



Holy Mass: 8:00 am, 11:00 am – Confessions before the celebrations
Lauds: 8:45 am
Vespers: 7:15 pm

Monday to Saturday

Holy Mass and Lauds: 7:15 am
Office of Readings and Vespers: 7:15 pm

Visits are not allowed during liturgical celebrations.

Visiting hours

Sunday and Monday: from 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Tuesday to Saturday: from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm

Contact: Carlyle Fortune, OP | Convento di S. Sabina | Piazza Pietro d’Illiria 1 | 00153 Roma | Mail

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 Piazza Pietro d'Illiria, 1 | 00153 Roma | Italy


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