Monday, March 28, 2016

'Sistine Chapel of the Early Middle Ages' Reopens

A part of the interiors of Basilica di Santa Maria Antiqua at Roman Fori
 Photo: EPA

The sixth-century church of Santa Maria Antiqua in the Roman Forum was buried under debris from an earthquake in AD 847. It has reopened to the public after 30 years of painstaking restoration. Its exquisite interior contains some of the world’s earliest Christian art,  multi-coloured frescoes of saints, martyrs, angels and emperors.

A part of the interiors of Basilica di Santa Maria Antiqua at Roman Fori
 Photo: EPA


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