Sunday, May 22, 2011

Santa Maria Maggiore

Santa Maria Maggiore, renowned for its mosaics, is in the same neighborhood, so we strolled over and finished the long but exciting day there.
A very large old church, dating from the earlier fifth century;
one of the four Papal churches; the gold in the ceiling is said
to have been the first brought back from Peru...

The oldest Christian mosaics in Rome; over the altar

Up closer

The major panels were high up, far away, poorly lit; many
seemed to be battle scenes...

Some saintly types

In a side chapel, some of the Byzantine feather dancers I like

And, yes, more Holy Spirits in the gift shoppe

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