Keywords:Roma, Rome, Santa Maria alla Navicella, Santa Maria in Domnica, basilica, churches, early christianity, mosaics
Dimensions1000 x 665
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9th century mosaics in the Santa Maria in Domnica basilica, on the Caelian hill. Also known as Santa Maria alla Navicella, the church goes back to late Antiquity and got its current appearance in the early 9th century under pope Paschal I - albeit heavily modified in the 16th century. The apse mosaics show Christ with two angels and the twelve apostles, with Mozes and Elias in attendance. In the semi-dome, Pope Paschal (with a square halo) kisses the foot of the Virgin Mary (dressed in Byzantine style) enthroned with the infant Christ and flanked by a host of angels.