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Basilica di Santa Maria in Domnica alla Navicella, Rome
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Santa Maria in Domnica — also known as Santa Maria alla Navicella — is a basilica church in Rome. The current Cardinal Deacon of the Titulus S. Mariae in Domnica is William Joseph Levada.NameThe attribute "in Domnica" has been differently explained. One interpretation is the derivation from dominicum, meaning "of the Lord", and by extension "church". Another interpretation refers to the name of Cyriaca, a woman who lived nearby, and whose name means "belonging to the Lord", Dominica in Latin. A third suggests that the name derives from the Latin phrase in dominica (praedia), "on Imperial property". The attribute "alla Navicella" means "near the little ship", and refers to the Roman ship sculpture that has been in this location since Roman times, possibly as a votive offering to an ancient temple, which Pope Leo X had turned into a fountain.HistoryThe church was built in ancient times, close to the barracks of the 5th Cohort of the Roman Vigiles on the Caelian Hill. The church is mentioned in the records of a synod held by Pope Symmachus in 499. In the year 678, it was one of seven churches assigned to deacons by Pope Agatho.The church was rebuilt from 818-822 by Pope Paschal I, who is credited with Rome's early 9th century age of renovation and artistic splendour, had the church rebuilt in 818-822, providing it with noteworthy mosaic decoration.
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  • A small quiet ancient church near the fountain Navičella at Celii strikes quality and oslepitel′nost′û 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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  • Fine Byzantine mosaics, Corinthian capitals, ceiling with references to the carrycot facing the Church. Airy the nave. Near there is the Coliseum. Rome is always full of beauty and history.
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