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Rome: Church of Michael and Magnus

About the Church of Michael and Magnus:

This church, also called The Frisian Church, is dedicated to Saint Michael the Archangel and Saint Magnus of Anagni (a Bishop martyred in the 2nd Century), is located close to the Saint Peter’s.Around 800, the Frisians built their stopping place (schola) in Rome near the tomb of Peter and they – the coastal residents from Dunkirk to Danzig – could stay here in the Eternal City. Read more about the origins of the Frisian schola and the role of the church of the Frisians


The church has hosted two important relics since the 1990s. The first of these is the stone where Jesus was presented at the Temple in Jerusalem, which is used as the main altar of the church.

The other is the stone where Abraham bound Isaac.

It is especially popular with Dutch pilgrims, as it is the national church of the Netherlands in Rome.

Finding the Church of Michael and Magnus:

As you can see from the map below, The Frisian Church is close to St. Peter’s Square, but not easily found. The church is hidden behind the houses of the Borgo Santo Spirito. The high staircase with two gates points the way from the forecourt of St. Peter’s Basilica.  The stairs are very close to the colonnade that encloses St. Peter’s Square – on the left. Anyone who looks to the left in front of the square and faces St. Peter’s Basilica cannot miss it. There is a gate and then a staircase, and another gate at the top of the stairs.  And when you reach the top, turn left.

Address:    Borgo Santo Spirito, 21/41, 00193 Roma RM, Italy

Tel: +39 336 766 135

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