The earliest surviving public image of the crucifixion of Christ appears on a single panel (top left) of the early 5th century wooden doors of the Basilica di Santa Sabina.
The ancient basilica, which was built between 422 and 432, sits on the Aventine hill and is the mother church of the Dominicans.
The church was built on the site of a set of villas from the 1st or 2nd century, one of which was believed to have been the home of Sabina, a Roman matron, who had been converted to Christianity by her servant, Seraphia.
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its art, history and culture.
My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private and
small-group walking tours
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