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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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  • It is a mosaic of green color. Hollowed. and red eyes most. expression of Maria-SAMA and many angels surrounding the Maria 1人1人 look different and interesting.
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  • A small quiet ancient church near the fountain Navichella at Celii strikes quality and oslepitel'nost'ju its mosaic of 9 century with kolenopreklonennym by Paschal first. Her emerald green background is not comparable with anything else.
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  • Organized tourist groups here do not reach, because quite easy to find yourself alone with stunning Byzantine mosaics in the apse above the main altar. The entrance to the temple is free. The day closes with siesta.
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  • Beautiful mosaic in the apse. You can see most infrequency-square Halo. So make the customer who was immortalized by a Halo. Navichella fountain in front of the Church, i.e. ship-the layout of the Roman ship in marble, which commanded to put Pope Leo x Medici-of-a-kind. Mosaic fountain bottom too Roman-style fountains. Medicis loved and glorified antiquity.
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  • Very pretty Church. The best parts are the roof and the area of the altar richly decorated with mosaics. I noticed that is often used for weddings.
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