Bocca della Verità - Rome, Italy
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member tmob
N 41° 53.295 E 012° 28.885
33T E 291044 N 4640436
Quick Description: La Bocca della Verità (in English, "the Mouth of Truth") is an image, carved from Pavonazzetto marble, of a man-like face, located in the portico of the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome, Italy.
Location: Lazio, Italy
Date Posted: 3/4/2011 3:53:09 PM
Waymark Code: WMAWP8
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member RakeInTheCache
Views: 37

Long Description:
«The sculpture is thought to be part of a 1st century ancient Roman fountain, or perhaps a manhole cover, portraying one of several possible pagan gods, probably Oceanus. Most Romans believe that the 'Bocca' represents the ancient god of the river Tiber.

The most famous characteristic of the Mouth, however, is its role as a lie detector. Starting from the Middle Ages, it was believed that if one told a lie with one's hand in the mouth of the sculpture, it would be bitten off. The piece was placed in the portico of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin in the 17th century.This church is also home to the supposed relics of the saint, St Valentine.»

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Most Relevant Historical Period: Roman Kingdom < 509 B.C.

Admission Fee: 0,50 Euro

Web Site: [Web Link]

Condition: Completely intact or reconstructed

Opening days/times: Not listed

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