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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  • The Church was rebuilt by Pope Paschal I on the site of an ancient Roman Diakonia built on the home of Santa Ciriaca which in turn was built on the remains of the barracks of the 5th cohort of vigiles. It was restored around 1513 from the future Pope Leo X to a design by Andrea Sansovino who also designed the elegant porch at five arches supported by pillars and pilasters of the Tuscan order. A part of the biography attributes the construction management office at Raphael, but of this there is certainty while describing the control over the implementation of the work of the porch by Baldassarre Peruzzi who equilibrò in a wonderful way harmony, simplicity and elegance. The Interior is still that of the basilica of the 9th century, apart from the decorations in the sixteenth century; divided into three naves by 18 granite columns with Corinthian capitals unequal because they come from bare. The nave, a particularly spacious and airy, has a coffered wooden ceiling under which revolves around a frieze of monocromato with the Medici heraldic motifs painted by Perin del Vega, concluding with the triumphal arch. In the drum of the apse are painted some scenes from the life of San Lorenzo and Santa Ciriaca. But sum magnificence is the mosaic of Pope Paschal I, still glowing after so many centuries on the arch and into the basin. On a green background appear aligned the Apostles dressed in white, along with two angels, flanking the Savior Christ in a mandorla (representing life). In the Virgin appears dressed in black and sitting in the middle in a throne with child, surrounded by hosts of angels biancovestiti; before her kneeling Pope Paschal I, again, the bottom is green flowery red anemones and lilies at the bottom from whites. The main attraction of these mosaics are the vivid colors and the Green that along with the white between a counterpoint to the figures. Too bad the fresco is currently under protection-like spacecraft (votive offerings to ISIS) raised on a stone and marble in front of the basilica – and so are practically hidden from view for the ongoing Metro line which will pass in the immediate vicinity.
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  • Built, according to tradition, in the 9th century by Pope Paschal I, the Roman House of Santa Ciriaca. Restored by Sansovino in Renaissance style, clearly visible in the façade and entrance dinporticato shaped to five arches leading to the Interior has three naves separated by columns with Corinthian capitals each of 18 different shape. Beautiful mosaics in the apse of the Carolingian period. The Church is located in the square of the spacecraft, named for the presence of a fountain in the shape of a Roman ship probably found near the Colosseum, an ex-votos dedicated to ISIS, protector of sailors, the fountain is fed by the Acqua Felice.
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  • There are several interesting churches on the Caelian Hill, a quiet area of mainly parkland between the Palatine, the Baths of Caracalla and the Lateran area. The Santa Maria in Domnica sits at the ap...  more »
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  • A beautiful Latin choir evokes archaic atmospheres and remote reviving the ori Byzantines mosaics. Gospel scenes rendered with statues of the Nativity scene. Beautiful crib fixed. Food collection. Classic sermon
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  • Large beautiful church, very well decorated. There is also a good acoustics.
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