Roman Church Reopens to Public After Being Buried for 1200 Years

Santa Maria Antiqua, the oldest church in the Roman Forum's ruins, is being reopened to visitors after a twenty-four year restoration effort. The church was buried by an earthquake in the year 847 CE, and it remained under the rubble until excavation began in 1900 CE. A major restoration effort on the church and its collection of early medieval art began in 1980. The restoration work will continue until approximately 2007 CE, and will cost around US$1.6 million.

Santa Maria Antiqua will be open to visitors from April 10 until May 31, 2004.

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