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Fifth-century church in Roman Forum to reopen to public
Wanted In Rome ^ | December 16, 2013 | editors

Posted on 12/25/2013 3:43:45 PM PST by SunkenCiv

A 12-year restoration programme at the fifth-century church of S. Maria Antiqua in the Roman Forum is almost complete.

Rome's superintendent for archaeology Mariarosaria Barbera said that once the final works had been carried out on the floors, preparations would begin in January to cater for visits on a limited basis in the spring. Barbera said the church would then open to the public for at least three days a week, "allowing adequate breaks to ensure the microclimate."

Located on the north-western slopes of the Palatine hill, the church is one of Rome's earliest surviving Christian monuments. Its richly decorated walls contain 250-sqm of frescoes from the sixth to the late eighth century which have led it to become known as the "Mediaeval Sistine Chapel".

Adapted from a first-century Roman building, the church was buried during an earthquake in 847. Italian archaeologist Giacomo Boni rediscovered it in 1900 and it was subsequently restored but it has been closed to the general public since 1980.

The renovation project was funded with €1.6 million from the capital's archaeological authorities, and over €700,000 from the World Monuments Fund, a New York-based non-profit organisation.

The church formed the basis of a conference at the British School at Rome in early December.

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TOPICS: History; Religion; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: godsgravesglyphs; romanempire; stmariaantiqua
Fifth-century church in Roman Forum to reopen to public Fifth-century church in Roman Forum to reopen to public Fifth-century church in Roman Forum to reopen to public Fifth-century church in Roman Forum to reopen to public

1 posted on 12/25/2013 3:43:47 PM PST by SunkenCiv
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http://www.archaeology.org/news/1650-131216-roman-forum-chapel-restored

Monday, December 16, 2013

ROME, ITALY—The church of Santa Maria Antiqua in the Roman Forum, one of the earliest Christian monuments in the city still standing, will reopen to the public for the first time since 1980. The fifth-century A.D. church has been closed while conservators restored the monument, known as the “Medieval Sistine Chapel,” because of the vivid frescoes from numerous periods that cover its walls. The church was buried during an earthquake in 847 and was rediscovered by Italian archaeologist Giacomo Boni in 1900.

http://www.archaeology.org/images/News/1312/Roman-Forum-Frescoes.jpg

Roman-Forum-Frescoes(Wikimedia Commons)


2 posted on 12/25/2013 3:44:38 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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3 posted on 12/25/2013 3:45:13 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: SunkenCiv

bump


4 posted on 12/25/2013 4:17:00 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: GeronL

Thanks for this. Would love to see it. My wife and took a 10 vacation To Rome about 10 years ago. Fascinating place.


5 posted on 12/25/2013 4:50:44 PM PST by jbarntt (Tagline:optional, printed after your name on post): -30-)
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To: jbarntt

Oopsl second sentence should be:

My wife and I took a vacation to Rome about 10 years.


6 posted on 12/25/2013 4:52:42 PM PST by jbarntt (Tagline:optional, printed after your name on post): -30-)
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To: jbarntt

I wonder if there is a 3-d holographic representation of the Roman Forum online somewhere?


7 posted on 12/25/2013 8:01:15 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: SunkenCiv

Wow! This looks wonderful. I so much want to visit Italy and so many other places in Europe.


8 posted on 12/26/2013 7:15:53 AM PST by Bigg Red (Let the lying lips be dumb, which speak insolently against the righteous in pride and contempt.--Ps3)
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To: SunkenCiv

Wow !!! Neat.


9 posted on 12/26/2013 8:44:39 AM PST by Dustbunny ("Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them. " Ronald Reagan)
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To: SunkenCiv

If I ever make it to Rome, I’ll make a point to go see it! I’m fascinated by ancient Church architecture.


10 posted on 12/26/2013 7:09:46 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: SunkenCiv

Beautiful images amazingly well preserved. Makes me think of Ravenna.


11 posted on 12/30/2013 5:27:55 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: colorado tanker

:’)


12 posted on 12/30/2013 5:58:32 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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