Nereus and Achilleus, martyrs - May 12th
Saints Nereus and Achilleus (d. 4th century) (Relics: Rome, Italy)
First Class Relics
Chiesa Nuova (The New Church)
Via del Governo Vecchio 134
*This church is located along the Corso Vittorio Emanuele.
*In 1597 this church received the skulls of Saints Nereus and Achilleus. They rest within reliquaries in the sacristy and are sometimes brought out for public veneration on May 12th.
*The additional remains of Saints Nereus and Achilleus are said to rest within a porphyry urn under the main altar of this church. In 1870 they were stolen from the church of Santi Nereo e Achilleo; however, they were later recovered and are now said to rest here.
*The body of St Philip Neri is enshrined in the left transept of this church. His private rooms can be visited on certain days of the week. They are located in the right wall of the left transept.
Churches of Honor in Rome
Santi Nereo e Achilleo (Saints Nereus and Achilleus)
Via delle Terme di Caracalla 28
*This church is south of the Colosseum. It is not open often.
*In 1597 this church received relics of Saints Nereus and Achilleus through the efforts of Cardinal Cesare Baronio. They now rest in Chiesa Nuova as previously noted.
Basilica dei Santi Nereo ed Achilleo / Catacombe di Domitilla
(Basilica of Saints Nereus and Achilleus / Catacombs of Domitilla)
Via delle Sette Chiese 282
*This ancient church is located south of the Aurelian Walls. It is not open often. Saints Nereus and Achilleus were originally buried in the catacombs located here.