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Inside the Basilica of San Giovanni a Porta Latina ("Saint John Before the Latin Gate") near the Porta Latina of the Aurelian Wall in Rome. 
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Inside the Basilica of San Giovanni a Porta Latina ("Saint John Before the Latin Gate") near the Porta Latina of the Aurelian Wall in Rome.

"S. Giovanni was originally built by St Gelasius (492–96), rebuilt by Hadrian I in 772 and reconsecrated by Celestine III in 1191; subsequently it was restored several times. Nevertheless the interior prserves the rare simplicity of its very early origins. Beautiful antique columns of varying style line the aisles; these lead to two minor apses, flanking the main one, in the oriental fashion. A most unusual feature in Rome, the main apse is pierced by three windows, but rarer still, all three apses are polygonal on the outside. A soft golden light filters through the thin sheets of selenite in the windows, illuminating some faded but exceedingly interesting twelfth-century frescoes high up on both sides of the nave (scenes from Old and New Testaments) and in the presbytery (symbols of the evangelists and the twenty-four Elders of the Apocalypse in two rows)." (Georgina Masson: The Companion Guide to Rome, Woodbridge 2009).
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12th-century frescoes in the church of San Giovanni a Porta Latina12th-century frescoes in the church of San Giovanni a Porta Latina12th-century frescoes in the church of San Giovanni a Porta Latina
Inside the Basilica of Saint Lawrence outside the Walls (San Lorenzo fuori le mura) in Rome. 
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Inside the Basilica of Saint Lawrence outside the Walls (San Lorenzo fuori le mura) in Rome.

"What makes this church so architecturally fascinating is the fact that the present building is formed from the union of two plainly visible structures. As one proceeds down the nave and up the steps to the altar (all belonging to the thirteenth-century building), the capitals and upper shafts of the columns of the original sixth-century church come into view on either side. Leaning over the railing of the chancel, you can see the rest of these columns with their bases and pedestals twelve feet below." (Robert Kahn (Ed.): City Secrets Rome: The Essential Insider’s Guide, 2011).
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Inside the Basilica of Saint Agnes outside the Walls in Rome. 
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Inside the Basilica of Saint Agnes outside the Walls in Rome.

Wikipedia: The church of Saint Agnes Outside the Wall (Italian: Sant'Agnese fuori la mura) is a titulus church, minor basilica in Rome, on a site sloping down from the Via Nomentana, which runs north-east out of the city, still under its ancient name. What is said to be the remains of Saint Agnes's are below the high altar. The church is over one of the catacombs of Rome, where Agnes was originally buried, and which still may be visited from the church. The church was built by Pope Honorius I in the 7th century, and largely retains its original structure, despite many changes to the decoration. In particular the mosaic in the apse of Agnes, Honorius and another Pope is largely in its original condition.
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Inside the church of Sant'Agnese fuori le Mura, RomeMosaics in the church of Sant'Agnese fuori le Mura, RomeMosaics in the church of Sant'Agnese fuori le Mura, RomeMosaics in the church of Sant'Agnese fuori le Mura, Rome
Inside the ancient church of Santa Costanza on Via Nomentana in Rome. 
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Inside the ancient church of Santa Costanza on Via Nomentana in Rome.

Wikipedia: "According to the traditional view, it was built under Constantine I as a mausoleum for his daughter Constantina (also known as Constantia or Costanza) who died in 354 AD. His other daughter Helena, wife of Julian, who died in 360 AD, was also buried here. In the early Middle Ages it was dedicated as a church to Santa Costanza (Saint Constance).

The fabric of Santa Costanza survives in essentially its original form. What were probably magnificent decoratively coloured stone panels on the walls have gone, no doubt to decorate later buildings, and a few of the mosaics have had some minor damage and incorrect restoration but for the most part it stands in excellent condition as a prime example of early Christian art and architecture. It was built next to, and in connection with, the 4th century basilica of Santa Agnese or Saint Agnes, to which it was attached mid-way along the liturgical north side. Both buildings were constructed over the earlier catacombs where Saint Agnes was buried".

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Frescoes in the church of Santa Costanza, RomeMosaics in the church of Santa Costanza, RomeMosaics in the church of Santa Costanza, RomeMosaics in the church of Santa Costanza, Rome
Enjoying the first and only Italian Trappist beer in the Tre Fontane Abbey in Rome. 
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Enjoying the first and only Italian Trappist beer in the Tre Fontane Abbey in Rome.
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