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GetCOO | Basilica di Santa Francesca Romana

Basilica di Santa Francesca Romana

Santa Francesca Romana, previously known as Santa Maria Nova, is a church in Rome, situated next to the Roman Forumin the rione Campitelli. The church was built in the second half of the tenth century, incorporating an eighth-century oratory that Pope Paul I excavated in the wing of the portico of the Temple of Venus and Roma; it was named Santa Maria Nova, to distinguish it from the other Roman Forum church devoted to St. Mary, Santa Maria Antiqua which had become dilapidated in the tenth century; it was rebuilt by Pope Honorius III in the thirteenth century, when the campanile was built and the apse was decorated with mosaics of a Maestà, the Madonna enthroned accompanied by saints.