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Inside the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome, Italy. 
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Inside the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome, Italy.
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The Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, RomeThe Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome: a mosaic in the main naveThe Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome
Inside the ancient church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome, Italy. 
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Inside the ancient church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome, Italy.

"The church of S. Maria in Cosmedin is one of the most admired and best known to foreigners of all Rome’s ancient churches. This is probably partly due to the fact that it was one of the first to have been restored to the simple dignity of its ancient origins, in 1894–99. The old name for the church, S. Maria in Schola Graeca, reveals its origin. It was built in the sixth century to serve the Greek colony, whose numbers were later swollen by the arrival of refugees fleeing first from the Arab invasions and later from the iconoclasts. Schola, as we will recall, meant an association or confraternity, which could be the members of a foreign colony as well as a guild of artisans. The church was built on the site of the Ara Maxima of Hercules, reaching its present form and size in the amplification begun by Hadrian 1 in 782. Some of the columns of the ancient building are still to be seen in the church. Various interpretations have been put upon the word Cosmedin, but it is now generally believed to derive from Kosmidion, the name given by Greek refugees fleeing persecution in Byzantium, as the building recalled the church of the same name in Byzantium; this word in turn is related to the Greek kosmos, meaning ornament, and the root of our word ‘cosmetic’. S. Maria was enlarged in the eighth century, from which period dates a marble mosaic of opus sectile in front of the altar. The very fine cosmatesque pavement, choir and paschal candlestick are, however, of the twelfth century, the episcopal throne and beautiful altar canopy from the thirteenth, this last being executed in 1294 by Deodato, son of the famous Cosma. The portico, where the Bocca della Verità stands, and the superb campanile, were built in the twelfth century." (Georgina Masson: The Companion Guide to Rome, Woodbridge 2009).
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Inside the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere, Rome, Italy. 
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Inside the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere, Rome, Italy.

The Basilica of Our Lady in Trastevere (Italian: Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere) is a titular minor basilica, one of the oldest churches in Rome, and perhaps the first in which Mass was openly celebrated. The basic floor plan and wall structure of the church date back to the 340s, The first sanctuary was built in 221 and 227 by Pope Calixtus and later completed by Julius I. [...] It underwent two restorations in the fifth and eighth centuries. In 1140-43 the church was re-erected on its old foundations under Pope Innocent II. [...]

The present nave preserves its original (pre-12th century) basilica plan and stands on the earlier foundations. The 22 granite columns with Ionic and Corinthian capitals that separate the nave from the aisles came from the ruins of the Baths of Caracalla, as did the lintel of the entrance door. Inside the church are a number of late 13th-century mosaics by Pietro Cavallini on the subject of the Life of the Virgin (1291) centering on a "Corontation of the Virgin" in the apse. (Text from Wikipedia).

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Mosaic in the apse of the Basilica of Santa Maria in TrastevereMosaic in the apse of the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere
Inside the Basilica della Santissima Trinità di Saccargia, the most important Romanesque church of Sardinia. 
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Inside the Basilica della Santissima Trinità di Saccargia, the most important Romanesque church of Sardinia.

"Standing tall and solitary amid the surrounding flat country, its zebra-striped facade and belltower conspicuously mark its Pisan origins. The church was built in 1116, and supposedly owes its remote location to a divine visitation that took place while the giudice of Torres and his wife stopped here on the way to Porto Torres, where they intended to pray for a child at San Gavino's shrine. During the night, a celestial messenger informed the giudice's wife that the pilgrimage was unnecessary since she was already pregnant, whereupon the grateful giudice built an abbey on this spot. [...] Showing elements of Lombard architecture, the stark, tall-naved interior is mostly unadorned, but for a guilded wooden pulpit embedded in one wall and some vivid eleventh- or twelfth-century frescos covering the central apse. These, illustrating scenes from the life of Christ, are attributed to a Pisan artist and are a rare example in Italy of the type of Romanesque mural. Look out, too, for a stone image at the front of the nave on the left, possibly representing Costantino I, the giudice supposed to have founded the church and thought to be buried here." (Robert Andrews: The Rough Guide to Sardinia, 2004).
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Basilica della Santissima Trinità di SaccargiaBasilica della Santissima Trinità di Saccargia - frescos in the apseBasilica della Santissima Trinità di Saccargia - frescos in the apseBasilica della Santissima Trinità di Saccargia - frescos in the apse
Inside the monumental Art Deco Koekelberg Basilica in Brussels, Belgium. 
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Inside the monumental Art Deco Koekelberg Basilica in Brussels, Belgium.

"The National Basilica of the Sacred Heart (French: Basilique Nationale du Sacré-Coeur, Dutch: Nationale Basiliek van het Heilig-Hart) is a Roman Catholic Minor Basilica and parish church in Brussels. The church was dedicated to the Sacred Heart, inspired by the Basilique du Sacré-Coeur in Paris. Symbolically King Leopold II laid the first stone of the basilica in 1905 during the celebrations of the 75th anniversary of Belgian independence. The construction was halted by the two World Wars and finished only in 1969. Belonging to the Metropolitan Archbishopric of Mechelen-Brussels, it is one of the ten largest Roman Catholic church by area in the world.

Located in the Parc Elisabeth atop the Koekelberg Hill in Brussels' Koekelberg municipality, the church is popularly known as the Koekelberg Basilica (French: Basilique de Koekelberg or Dutch: Basiliek van Koekelberg). The massive brick and concrete reinforced church features two thin towers and a green copper dome that rises 89 metres (292 ft) above the ground, dominating the northwestern skyline of Brussels." (Text from Wikipedia).

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