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Santa Maria in Domnica

Also known as Santa Maria alla Navicella, the church on the Caelian hill goes back to late Antiquity and got its current appearance in the early 9th century under pope Paschal I - albeit heavily modified in the 16th century.
The 9th-century apse mosaics show Christ with two angels and the twelve apostles, with Moses and Elias in attendance. In the semi-dome, Pope Paschal (with a square halo) kisses the foot of the Virgin Mary (dressed in Byzantine style) enthroned with the infant Christ and flanked by a host of angels

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