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Sixth century church in the Roman Forum reopened after extensive restoration

The Basilica di Santa Maria Antiqua, a sixth-century Christian church in the Roman Forum, that has been described by an art historian as ‘the Sistine Chapel of the early Middle Ages’, has been reopened to the public after a 30-year restoration project that cost €2.7 million.

The Roman Forum.
The Roman Forum. Image by Anna Fox / CC BY-SA 2.0

The church, which is located in the Roman Forum in central Rome, is decorated with colourful frescoes of angels, saints and emperors, and is home to one of the world’s oldest Madonna and Child icons. The church has retained much of its original artwork because it was buried by an earthquake in AD847 and only rediscovered in 1900.

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