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Ancient Roman Church Reawakened

June 15, 2012

Rome’s Santa Maria Antiqua founded in the 6th Century AD is the earliest and most important Christian monument within the Roman Forum. Pictured above is the long wall of the left nave with a painting scheme from the time of Pope Paul I (757-767).

The New York Times and other news outlets today reported about extensive work being done at Rome’s Santa Maria Antiqua, an ancient church located in the Roman Forum, but rarely accessible. The site will be publicly accessible beginning next year following more than a decade of conservation work, some of it funded by the World Monuments Fund. The church was in active use until the 9th century and remained sealed off until 1900.  The church’s well illustrated  Web site details the historic background and the conservation work done.

Chapel of Theodotus, Santa Maria Antiqua.

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