Art & Architecture Site Visit to San Clemente

Art & Architecture Site Visit to San Clemente

Date Published: Oct. 12, 2016

After just a few days back in Rome, the students were off to another Art & Architecture site visit to the Basilica of San Clemente, which has a history of over 2,000 years and is one of the most richly adorned churches in the city. The basilica has three principle “layers”: the present basilica was built during the height of the Middle Ages and is seated on top of a 4th century basilica, which was built over what was once a pagan temple in the first century. Dr. Robinson spoke to the class about each level and gave a detailed analysis of the striking mosaics on the apse and triumphal arch of the present basilica. Students then made their way down to the lower levels of the three-tiered church, exploring the layers of this basilica’s long history.

San Clemente