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Sant Angelo in Formis (Page 2 of 2)

  

 The composite foundation of the church
    On the previous page I mentioned that this church was built on top of the pagan temple of Diana.  In the picture on the right you can see some supporting evidence (right).  The Roman style brick work is exposed on the side of the basilica just beneath the portico. 

Murals decorating a side chapel.  Christ and angels

     Behind the altar Christ can be seen giving his blessings.  These paintings are amazingly colorful considering that they are nearly 1000 years old.  Below Christ are the three Arch Angels.

      Some claim that the floor of the basilica is the original from the temple of Diana. (Pichey, 80) However, I think that some of the elements in the floor may have come from the temple of Diana, but it is unlikely that the entire floor was that of the earlier temple.  In the picture on the right three very different styles can be seen adjacent to each other.  The small white tiles look as though they could be 1st or 2nd century, while the colorful geometric pattern in the upper right corner of the photo is clearly a later design.  I am not certain about the pattern in the bottom right of the picture.   

A patchwork of mosaic tile makes up the floor of the church

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