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Santa Sabina
41.884534° N, 12.479804° E
Piazza Pietro d'Iliria

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    by 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 →

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Bibliography of Santa Sabina

  1. 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.

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Holly Hayes
October 8, 2013
Last updated
July 11, 2014

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