San Bibiana

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Behind the entrance door is a still-life of torture instruments, a horrible reminder of the sufferings of the martyrs. An ancient column near the entrance is said to be the one St Bibiana was tied to when she was flogged to death in the persecution of Emperor Justin the Apostate. Until the 18th century, dust scraped off from this column was mixed with mint that grew on the saint's grave and used as a remedy against epilepsy.