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Church of Santa Maria Antiqua

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Fig. 1 santa maria antiqua
Foro Romano
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Every day. From the last Sunday of October to February 15th 08:30-16:30; January 10th 2016 from February 16th to March 15th 08:30-17:00; from March 16th to the last Saturday of March 08:30-17:30; from the last Sunday of March to August 31st 08:30-19:15; from September 1st to September 30th 08:30-19:00; from October 1st to the last Saturday of October 08:30-18:30; June 2nd 13:30-19:15. The ticket office closes one hour before closing time. Closed on 1st January, 1st May, and 25th December. Admission fee.

Founded during the half of the VI century, Santa Maria Antiqua is the most ancient and important Christian monument of the Roman Forum. It was built using the structures of a huge architectonical complex of the Domitian age (81-96), a monumental vestibule of the Imperial palaces, connected to them by a still existing covered ramp.
During three centuries it was decorated with extended painting cycles, unique documents for the knowledge of the first medieval art. Extended fragments of painting of the same time exist inside the Oratory of the Forty Martyrs, an adjacent building that is part of the same religious complex. Inside the church the only survived fragment of its foundation time is to be found in the famous palimpsest, where six layers of painting of different eras are present. The most ancient layer represents a Virgin Mary on the Throne adored by an angel and made at the half of the VI century.
Santa Maria Antiqua is a unique witnessing monument that enables us to understand the first architectonical plant and get in touch with the atmosphere and simplicity of a church of the first Christian time.


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Via dei Fori Imperiali, Roma, Italy

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