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Santa Sabina Santa Sabina, Rome
Piazza Pietro d'Iliria Rome, Lazio
Rome  locality
Province of Rome  province
Lazio  region
Italy  country
Europe  continent
Main date(s)
41.884534° N, 12.479804° E
Opening hours
Daily 7:30-12:30 & 3:30-5:30pm

Historical Timeline of Santa Sabina

Construction begins on the church of Santa Sabina atop the Aventine Hill in Rome, on the site of the Temple of Juno Regina (whose columns are reused in the church). The church is an expansion of a Roman house-church owned by a woman named Sabina. The new church is funded by the presbyter Peter of Illyria, who recorded his name in a dedicatory inscription that can still be seen in the church.
Completion of Santa Sabina in Rome.
Restoration of Santa Sabina under Pope Leo III (795-816).
The archpresbyter Eugenius II makes some improvements to Santa Sabina in Rome, adding the marble furniture of the chancel and enshrining the relics of three saints in the high altar: Alexander, Theodolus and Eventius.
Santa Sabina is given to the newly-created Dominican Order, in whose care it remains today.
Major remodeling of Santa Sabina's interior in the Renaissance style under Pope Sixtus V (1585-90).
Restoration of Santa Sabina in Rome, which includes reversing the Renaissance makeover of the 1580s, reconstructing all the original windows and piecing together the marble chancel furniture from fragments found in the pavement.

Description of Santa Sabina

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.

Holly Hayes
July 16, 2011

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