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Basilica di Santa Sabina, Rome

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The Basilica of Saint Sabina is a historical church on the Aventine Hill in Rome, Italy. It is a titular minor basilica and mother church of the Roman Catholic Order of Preachers, better known as the Dominicans. Santa Sabina is perched high above the Tiber river to the north and the Circus Maximus to the east. It is next to small public park Giardino degli Aranci, which has a scenic terrace overlooking Rome. It is a short distance to the headquarters of the Knights of Malta.Santa Sabina is the oldest extant Roman basilica in Rome that preserves its original colonnaded rectangular plan and architectural style. Its decorations have been restored to their original restrained design. Other basilicas, such as Santa Maria Maggiore, are often heavily and gaudily decorated. Because of its simplicity, the Santa Sabina represents the crossover from a roofed Roman forum to the churches of Christendom. Its Cardinal Priest is Jozef Tomko. It is the stational church for Ash Wednesday.
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  • Lovely old church- one of the oldest in Rome i believe. Gorgeous old wooden doors that the guide said are some of the oldest in the world Lovely gardens behind with great views of the city Would I go ...  more »
  • Visit a wonderful Roman church built about 400CE. It is on the Aventine Hill. No crowds and in great shape. No significant remodels so it is as if you have stepped back in time. Nearby is the famous k...  more »
  • . Located near the site of the legendary House of the Roman matron Sabina, it was dedicated to Santa Sabina to the Aventine. Twenty-four ancient columns from the temple of Juno, who was nearby were re-used for its edification in the fifth century. It has been restored several times over time, especially in the sixteenth century with the Walling of twenty of its windows to add decorations in the style of the Counter-Reformation. The Baroque additions were deleted during a restore in the twentieth century, which gave the Church its primitive simplicity with its smooth walls and large windows features early Christian buildings. The main entrance is closed by a door carved in wood of Cypress dating from the fifth century representing scenes from the bible. This door is known to be the oldest example of woodcarving from the beginning of Christianity. Not for this door Santa Sabina deserves to be visited!
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  • This is one of my favorite spots. Especially the park next door.
  • Restored 5th century Basilica with little Baroque.
  • Built in the fifth century on the tomb of Santa Sabina. On the church counter there is a mosaic that shows the dedication of the church in Latin.
  • Great church with very interesting medieval decorations on the inside!
  • Walk in during hot days to enjoy and refresh.

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For easy foot access to most of the city's main historical sites, consider staying in Rome's old town center. The area is conveniently placed for public transport, only a walk away from the city's main railway station. Accommodations here span all hotels sectors, from cheap hostels to luxury brand names. To avoid the steep prices and overcrowding of the town center, explore the hotels in the inner suburbs of Rome. They offer comfortable rooms and excellent food at a fraction of the price charged by the centrally located hotel chains. Another affordable option is the area around Vatican, which boasts a good selection of family-owned B&Bs.
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