Santa Sabina Rome, Italy 425-32
Santa Sabina is the best surviving example of an early Christian church in Rome. It dates from about 430, including its magnificent cypress doors carved with biblical scenes.
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- Santa Sabina
- 41.884534° N, 12.479804° E
- Piazza Pietro d'Iliria
Overviewby Holly Hayes
July 16, 2011
Completed in 432, Santa Sabina is widely considered the best example of an early Christian church in Rome. It shares a similar design with the great basilica of Sant'Apollinaire Nuovo in Ravenna, which was built later. Although few of its original mosaics survive, several notable artworks remain: the famous cypress doors carved with biblical scenes, a dedicatory mosaic, marble inlay decorations, and marble furnishings, all of the 5th century. The church stands atop the Aventine Hill, providing fine views of Rome from an adjacent orange grove. continue reading →
- Matilda Webb. The Churches and Catacombs of Early Christian Rome: A Comprehensive Guide. Sussex Academic Press: Brighton. 2001. Print. Includes guide to panels of cypress door, with biblical references, and a translation of mosaic inscription.