Piazza Bocca della Verità
Hours: 9:00am to 1:00pm; 3:00 to 7:00pm
Enlarged in the 8th century, remodeled in the 9th and 12th centuries and restored at the end of the 19th century to its 8th century design.
Santa Maria in Cosmedin, is one of the churches with the best preserved medieval atmosphere.
An 8th century mosaic is preserved in the Sacristy, the campanile, choir and paschal candlestick are of the 12th, the Episcopal throne and altar canopy from the 13th.
The 12th century portico house the famous Bocca della Verità – Mouth of Truth -, originally a drain covering in the shape of a great face with an open mouth, the mask of a river god. The mouth of truth, it was said, would close on the end of a liar, cutting the fingers.