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According to the legend in 753, while Romulus chose the Palatine hill, Remo preferred the Aventine as the site for the foundation of the city.
The high ground, isolated and defended by walls, soon became a commercial area.
The district was populated with sumptuous houses, temples and oratories dedicated to the sacred pilgrim or to the cults professed by the different peoples here merged.
The St Sabina Basilica wheelchair accessible tours was built in the V century and dedicated to the homonymous Saint.
The church was built by the presbyter Pietro d'Illiria in an era between 422 and 432.
The inscription in the mosaic of counter façade bears witness to this. It was finished in 435 under Pope Sixtus III.
It was built on the site previously occupied by the Titulus Sabinae, using the 24 white marble columns of the Temple of Juno Queen that stood nearby.
A noteworthy monument of early Christian art is the wooden door that constitutes the main entrance to the Basilica.
It is framed within a beautiful marble frame.
Perhaps "spolium" of ancient models or perhaps imitation of them, which reproduces decorations with palmettes and small flowers.
The door was designed and built around 432 AD.
Just for this site and it is the only early Christian wooden sculpture he has come to us today which clearly explains its exceptional importance.
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Harmony and brightness characterize St Sabina Basilica wheelchair accessible tours interior of the building, enhancing its constructive and ornamental elements.
The building, with a longitudinal plan and without a transept, has three naves divided by two rows of twelve fluted marble columns with Corinthian capitals.
At the capitelli there are stylized military "Insigna".
Their symbolic meaning is evident.
Christ and the Christian Faith triumph in the Roman Empire.
Above the entrance portal a mosaic strip occupies the wall in all its width.
The basilica has been officiated by the Dominican fathers since 1222 or since Pope Honorius III accepted the Rule presented to him by St Dominic.
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