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SANTA MARIA ANTIQUA CHURCH

Early Christian wall paintings

SANTA MARIA ANTIQUA CHURCH
Rome, Italy
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BACKGROUND

Located at the base of the Palatine Hill in the Roman Forum, the sixth-century church of Santa Maria Antiqua is one of the earliest surviving Christian monuments in Rome. The church was adapted from an Imperial Roman building dating to the reign of Domitian in the first century. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

In cooperation with Rome’s Superintendent of Monuments, WMF funded historical research and documentation at Santa Maria Antiqua to determine the significance and conservation potential of several important surviving cycles of early Christian wall paintings. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

Santa Marian Antiqua is situated in the last completely unexcavated major section of the Roman Forum. The preservation of the unique surviving Byzantine-style wall paintings of Santa Maria Antiqua permits in situ viewing of a rare aspect of Christian art in Rome’s most famous public space.

 

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