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Basilica di Santa Balbina, Rome

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  • Little gem behind the FAO completes the sightseeing of the Aventine. Is an ancient basilica built on an ancient Roman domus that you still see traces, donated by Septimius Severus at Prefettus Urbis Lucius Fabius Cilone. The Church being outside the Aurelian walls in the other middle ages suffered many ravages worsened by the fact that the area was also abandoned by the population become malaria. Inside you can admire a beautiful tomb of Cardinal De Surdis built by G Cosma in 1303 and many frescoes unfortunately quite ruined, but still show images of excellent workmanship.
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  • Being refurbished and still a solid structure. Despite being valid for Catholics, with a capital c, I was enchanted by the mosaics on the floor. Beautiful! Curated by the Franciscan Sisters, there is no availability for the visits, incomprehensible outside the time Messe.
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  • An ancient Christian basilica of 5 century AD, which is kept the same for decades at the end of a tree-lined Avenue, with no outlet, in location San saba said the little Aventine. The main entrance, however, is on via Baccelli, next to the baths of Caracalla and the modern Stadio delle Terme. the current façade is the work of a cincequentesco makeover; church dedicated especially to weddings, is a vast and ancient fortified convent, now dedicated to Saint Dorothy. The building was restored by Antonio Muñoz in 1928; were placed in the floor mosaics from the excavations open via dei Fori Imperiali. The plant is a single Hall, not divided into aisles, but with deep niches on the side walls, surrounded by pillars. On the bottom is the apse, with Windows, where there is a beautiful episcopal see cosmatesque. The building belonged to a rich initially perhaps residences (domus) and only later was used as a church. The Domus was identified, by brick stamps, with one donated by Emperor Septimius Severus, early 3rd century, to his friend Cilone.
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  • In 2017, Mass was being celebrated on weekdays at 6:30, and Sundays at 10:00 except the last Sundays of the months of September to June when it was at 11:00. This is an important 4th century church which has very limited opening hours. Note that the railing gates closing off the front loggia are rarely open. To visit the church, go through the former entrance to the right of the façade, straight on through the courtyard and enter via the door in the top right hand corner. This brings you into the church just by the sanctuary. Note that a lot of the photos posted here are off-subject.
  • Very cute church to visit if you happen to be close to the Baths of Caracalla. The hours that it is open are very limited however - when I was there is was open at 6-7am and not again until 4:30pm.
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  • Beautiful but almost always closed. For use, contact the sisters in the family home, located next to the church.
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  • The basilica rises in a little hidden area of the little Aventine, in front of the rear façade of the monumental remains of the baths of Caracalla. Little known and poorly publicized, it deserves a visit widely. Born in the Paleochristian era on the walls of the Domus Cilonis, which is preserved especially on the left side of the building, the church is a very interesting treasure chest. Behind the façade with a sixteenth-century portico, the interior has a medieval imprint. Gaunt and austere, the plant reveals a unique classroom with lateral chapels, as was the tradition of the constructive technique of the mendicant orders. The apse, with the Cosmatesque chair, is introduced by a choir with decorated Plutei. The floor is also cosmatesque. Late-medieval burials are of valuable workmanship. There are also the large wooden trusses of the ceiling, one bearing the inscription and the coat of arms of one of the Patriarchs of Aquileia, a unicum in Rome. On the walls of the outer porch are exposed bricks with stamp, generally useful to delineate the dating of the buildings in which they were used.
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