Archaeology News: Fifth Century Church Set to Open in Rome

How exciting, and great! Excerpt from an article at :

http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/2002808/fifth-century-church-in-roman-forum-to-reopen-to-public.html

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Fifth-century church in Roman Forum to reopen to public

Restoration of S. Maria Antiqua church nears completion

Fifth-century church in Roman Forum to reopen to public

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┬áSistine Chapel”.

 

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