Thursday, October 7, 2010

Hidden Middle ages Rome

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Memories of Medieval Rome are waiting to be discovered in the churches on the Esquiline Hill. Breathtaking marbles and mosaics in an explosion of colors revealing the roots of Christian art.

The Basilica of S. Maria Maggiore was built in the 5th century and dedicated to the Virgin Mary, shortly after the Council of Ephesus (431 A.D.), where it was decided that she was "Theotocos", birth giver of God, mother of Jesus in his two natures: human and divine. The Basilica, one of the most beautiful and important churches of the city, hosts many rests of its medieval times like mosaics (there is a mosaic cycle of the 5th century! Unique in Europe for its importance and quality), statues and an icon that tradition wants depicted by St. Luke.
In a narrow street just on the corner we find the church of Santa Prassede, a 9th century basilica that will surprise and charm us like a hidden gem just revealed. The atmosphere is of a place where time stopped, mysterious Byzantine mosaics are still filling the apse, frescoes are decorating the walls, and in a chapel, illuminated by the glowing gold of mosaics, the scourging column of Christ, a holy relic of his Passion brought from Jerusalem!
Another medieval church - dedicated to Santa Pudenziana, sister of Santa Prassede - is to be found in the same area. The church has in the apse a mosaic cycle that by the famous historian Gregorovius was considered the most beautiful of the city! And I agree! The colors and the figures are without equal, but what "hits" our curiosity is the surprising iconography: Christ wears a golden toga, the apostles are dressed like old roman senators and on the backdrop a charming blue sky is colored by the orange light of a sunset!

Opening times:
S. Maria Maggiore: daily from 7 to 19.
S. Prassede: daily from 8 to 12 and from 16 to 18.30
S. Pudenziana:  daily from 8 to 12 and from 15 to 18

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-Practical information-
Days and timetables are subject to change depending on your wishes and the opening hours of the monuments
Duration:            2 hours 
Languages:         italian / english / español / nederlands

Available every day (except Sundays) both AM and PM.
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