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Rome: Chiesa Santa Maria Delle Piante (Church of Domine Quo Vadis)

About the Church of Domine Quo Vadis:

Although officially called the Church of Santa Maria delle Piante, it is perhaps better known as Domine Quo Vadis, or The Church of “Lord, Where are You Going?”.

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The church is small….almost a chapel really…and easily missed.

On this spot, according to tradition, Peter met the crucified Christ.  Peter had been urged to flee Rome to avoid the terrible persecutions of the Christians.

However, as he hurried out of the city, he was astonished to see Christ headed in the opposite direction, back towards the city.

“Lord, where are you going?” Peter asked, to which Christ replied, “I am going back to Rome to be crucified again.”  Paul then returned to Rome, where he was arrested and later crucified.

We have no official record of this, so it is up to the those who visit as to whether to believe it.  However, in 1983 Pope John Paul II the church “a place that has a special importance in the history of Rome and in the history of the Church.” Special because, even if this event did not occur, still the message remains the same: embrace your cross.

Stone where it is said that Peter met Christ

Inside you will find the bust of       , author of “Quo Vadis”, published in 1895 and who won the Pulitzer Prize for his work in 1905.   (He is buried in Saint John’s Cathedral in Warsaw).



Finding the Church of Quo Vadis:

You will find the church very close to the Catacombs de Castillo

Address: Via Appia Antica, 51, Rome, Italy

Tel: +39 06 512 0441

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