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ipogeo di via livenza, Rome

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  • When constructing a building, 20, was discovered accidentally in this venue, finely frescoed and dating from the fourth century. Partially destroyed, is open to visitors through cultural associations.
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  • too bad it's also tied to a very serious damage caused to the hypogeum, in that the excavation work for the construction of a building above which led to its discovery, they destroyed a good part of the building: deserves more than ever a visit, though. Intended environment functions are still under discussion. The assumptions are different: sanctuary of mysterious Thracian origin of Baptai sect, nymphaeum, gathering place for a syncretistic cult, for the simultaneous presence of Christian and pagan elements, temple for the worship of water, ancient Baptistry (the one faithful to the schema to St. Peter that Nymphas Beati Petri that is how Moses makes water Gush from the rock to christen the Centurion converted), hidden area to use for magical practices. As mentioned at the beginning, it has survived a small portion; However the original plant (reconstructed) was 21x7 meters, basilican in form and oriented North-South. Fortunately you have saved the most important part with construction date established at the second half of the fourth century a.d. To access the hypogeum there used a scale whose thirty steps are largely still exist. The northern side is divided into three adjacent arches, of which the middle one is the largest and the Western one is occupied by the ladder, while the Eastern one, buried in the foundations of the Palace above, led to a second compartment was destroyed . Beneath the central arch is a rectangular pool 2.50 metres deep well paved with cocciopesto and bipedals. Access to this pool just four very high and irregular steps; This tank was obviously has an intake system and deduction of water. The most amazing part is however represented by frescoes and a mosaic at the top. Flying over on the base and the wall niche (i.e. North) whose figures are easy to understand, the sides in the same niche compare (left) the figure of Diana the Huntress with two deer in fleeing while on the right a nymph with Roe deer; a geometric decoration composed of a series of 16 squares fill the soffit of the arch. Instead the basin bottom arch depicts a fountain that collects water that flows from a jar more than four birdies while the base of the Western Wall plays a marine scene of Cupids (= Cupids) who engage in fishing in different attitudes: one boat, two use a network, another is casting a fishing line, another is swimming clinging to the neck of a Swan, another crouched on a rock. A mosaic glass paste covers the western wall above the skirting-board as well as those of the walls of the arch and the Eastern wall. It remains a fragment of this mosaic in which you see two characters: one dressed in a short tunic is kneeling in the Act of drinking from a spring that flows from the rock, while behind him the other character (wearing a tunic and sandals) is walking left or witnessing the scene. It is precisely the combination of these decorations that created disputes of interpretation mentioned above: the integrity of the mosaic could have made the difference in dealing with the doubts.
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  • In Rome the tourists mainly go to popular places. not looking into such corners like this. It's not in most tourist guides. but it's worth a peek-perfectly preserved 4-century frescoes, vaulted ceilings. Impressive.
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  • Only in Rome you can descend down the ramp of a modern garage and enter for a small door in an environment of 350-370. Almost 1700 years ago! The room is frescoed and partially decorated with mosaics. Unfortunately the buildings of the time, we are at the end of 800, did not protect the entire structure, but only a small apse with a tank supplied by an underground source, indeed even much of the mosaic was lost. What's left is still fascinating. What was that? It is not yet clear; at the time, the environment was already underground, within a huge cemetery area that started from the Aurelian walls along the Salaria Route. But no one thinks the use was connected to the funeral rites. We think of a syncretist group because there are both Christian and pagan decorations.
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  • What remains of a building of the FOURTH century A.D. Under palaces of the 20s of the last century, a precious little lizard that transmits to us from antiquity splendid decorations, vivid colours, points of reflection and interpretation. It's really worth finding ways to visit this hidden monument...
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  • Wonderful
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  • The hypogeum, came to light in 1923, is inside a funerary area on the via Salaria, but this unique underground structure, of considerable size and partly destroyed, had to have another, unspecified, purpose. Currently retains only a portion: it is an environment characterized by the presence of a deep rectangular tank, fitted with an intake system and deduction of water, framed by a central arch. The House retains fragments of a mosaic and frescoes with mythological subjects, evidence of a historical moment in which the pagan cults coexists with Christianity. A journey back in time, to 8 meters below the buildings of one of bourgeois born in Rome between the end of XIX century and the beginning of the ' 900
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  • Beautiful underground structure. The visit is only permitted group reservation of 10 people max. The show inside is charming. Despite numerous damages caused by the construction of the neighborhood you can still appreciate the ancient splendours.
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