Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Santa Maria Maggiore

The link below will take you to a variety of pictures that we took over the past week and a half. One of the highlights was a bus trip across town to the basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore on the Esquiline Hill. The triple nave dates from the fifth century, as do the incredible mosaics. The apse, which is also decorated with brilliant mosaics, dates from 1295. On the way to the church we walked though a neighborhood with Asian and African markets where Susie had gone before to buy spices. We ate at a Chinese place where we were the only Westerners and caught a glimpse of young dancers that brought back memories of our time in Dalian.