Basilica di Santa Maria in Domnica alla Navicella, Rome

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The Minor Basilica of St. Mary in Domnica alla Navicella (Basilica Minore di Santa Maria in Domnica alla Navicella), or simply Santa Maria in Domnica or Santa Maria alla Navicella, is a Roman Catholic basilica in Rome, Italy, dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary and active in local charity according to its long tradition. The current Cardinal Deacon of the Titulus S. Mariae in Domnica is William Joseph Levada.NameThe appellation "in Domnica" has been differently explained. One interpretation is the derivation from "dominicum" ("of the Lord"), and by extension "church". Another interpretation is that it refers to the name of Cyriaca, a Christian woman who resided nearby and whose name denotes "belonging to the Lord": "Dominica" in Latin. A third interpretation is that the name derives from the Latin phrase in dominica (praedia) ("on Imperial property"). The appellation "alla Navicella" denotes "near the little ship", and refers to the sculpture of a Roman ship that has been in this location since ancient times, possibly as a votive offering to an ancient temple, and which Pope Leo X turned into a fountain.HistoryThe basilica was built in ancient times, close to the barracks of the Fifth Cohort of the Roman Vigiles on the Caelian Hill. The basilica is mentioned in the records of a synod of Pope Symmachus in AD 499. In 678, it was one of seven churches assigned to deacons by Pope Agatho.
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  • Basilica di Santa Maria in Aracoeli is on top of more than 100 stairs but they are worth climbing cause when you sit on the top and rest you have a spectacular view over Rome. If you dont want to go u...  more »
  • It is my parish, it is beautiful with an exceptional absidal mosaic, a light exterior porch of the Sansovino and a Roman bathtub in the shape of a spaceship. But now all this is not enjoyable and is visible only partially for massive metal spurs on the outside and opaque and transparent panels inside affixed as a precaution of the works of metro C. Unfortunately it is not possible to assume how long the situation will be right now. The work on the perforator to pass the metro is very slow; The church shouldn't be affected because they're 40 yards below. We also have the TAV in our little one.
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  • Half of the apse was in large size mosaic vault ceilings would be newer than the mosaic of a 5th century Church of Santa pudenziana in the 8th century, that is, seen in Rome, mosaic in the old feeling. I felt something in common with mosaic in Ravenna. This half-mosaic (Moses and area) and saints were one by one on both sides of the arch-ceiling mosaic, on Christ in the Middle flanked by the 12 Apostles. Ceiling décor pattern is unique and interesting. It will have a special meaning to each of them.
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