Fodor's Expert Review Santa Maria Antiqua

Roman Forum Religious Building/Site/Shrine

The earliest Christian site in the Forum was originally part of an imperial structure at the foot of Palatine Hill before it was converted into a church sometime in the late 5th century. Within it are some exceptional frescoes dating from the 6th to the 9th century. Buried by a 9th-century earthquake, the church was abandoned and a replacement was eventually built on top in the 17th century. This newer church was knocked down in 1900 during excavation work on the Forum, which revealed the early medieval church beneath. Santa Maria Antiqua is only accessible on Tuesday, Thursday, and weekends after 2 pm (1 pm in late October through March) with the S.U.P.E.R. Roman Forum ticket. This costs €6 more than the regular entrance fee to the Forum and is available both online and at all ticket offices. It also offers access to the Temple of Romulus (with the same opening days as Santa Maria), Palatine Museum (open every day), Neronian Cryptoporticus (open every day), the Houses of Augustus... READ MORE

The earliest Christian site in the Forum was originally part of an imperial structure at the foot of Palatine Hill before it was converted into a church sometime in the late 5th century. Within it are some exceptional frescoes dating from the 6th to the 9th century. Buried by a 9th-century earthquake, the church was abandoned and a replacement was eventually built on top in the 17th century. This newer church was knocked down in 1900 during excavation work on the Forum, which revealed the early medieval church beneath. Santa Maria Antiqua is only accessible on Tuesday, Thursday, and weekends after 2 pm (1 pm in late October through March) with the S.U.P.E.R. Roman Forum ticket. This costs €6 more than the regular entrance fee to the Forum and is available both online and at all ticket offices. It also offers access to the Temple of Romulus (with the same opening days as Santa Maria), Palatine Museum (open every day), Neronian Cryptoporticus (open every day), the Houses of Augustus and Livia, and the Aula Isiaca (open Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday mornings).

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Rome, Latium  00186, Italy

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Rate Includes: €6 S.U.P.E.R. ticket includes access to the Houses of Augustus and Livia, the Palatine Museum, Aula Isiaca, and Temple of Romulus, Closed Mon., Wed., and Fri.

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