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SANTI QUATTRO CORONATI CLOISTER

Garden Restoration

SANTI QUATTRO CORONATI CLOISTER
Rome, Italy
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BACKGROUND

Within the fortress-like Basilica of Santi Quattro Coronati complex is an early-13th-century cloister that is possibly the earliest structure in Rome in the Cosmatesque style, which is characterized by the use of small marble tessarae set in patterns to form colorful mosaics. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

With funding, from the J. Paul Getty Grant Program and others, WMF undertook a complete study of the cloister, its decorations, and its garden. The initial phase, which consisted of a roof analysis and the installation of a drainage system in the foundation and a discreet ventilation system to the control humidity that had been causing dampness and condensation, finished in 2003.

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WHY IT MATTERS

The 13th-century Santi Quattro Coronati Cloister, located near the Coliseum in Rome, is an early, and possibly the first example of a Roman building in the Cosmatesque style. The complex sits in close proximity to a number of major Christian and secular monuments in Rome and forms part of the nucleus of structures contributing the understanding of medieval Roman and Christian history.