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    Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore Rome Italy (ENG) | Caterina Amato

    Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore Rome Italy (ENG)

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    • By Caterina Amato
    • Narrated By Karolina Starin
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    The audioguide tells the story, describes architecture and reports interesting facts about the largest Roman church dedicated to the Mother of God and founded between 432 and 440. In front of the Sistine Chapel is the tomb of Bernini. In the Borghese Chapel, there are the funerary monuments of the popes Paolo V and Clement VIII. At the center of the chapel stands the icon of the "Salus Populi Romani" attributed to San Luca's hand brought from Byzantium.

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    Constantina's Mausoleum Rome Italy (ENG) | Caterina Amato

    Constantina's Mausoleum Rome Italy (ENG)

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    • By Caterina Amato
    • Narrated By Karolina Starin
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    The audioguide tells the story, describes architecture and reports interesting facts about the mausoleum of Santa Costanza, the daughter of the founder of Constantinople, which is one of the main examples of late-ancient architecture among Roman monuments. At the base of the Mausoleum's architecture, there are exceptional Roman models such as the Pantheon, but its structure is innovative with its concentric circular spaces.

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    Saint John at the Latin Gate Rome Italy (ENG) | Paola Stirati

    Saint John at the Latin Gate Rome Italy (ENG)

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    • By Paola Stirati
    • Narrated By Karolina Starin
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    The audioguide tells the story, describes the architecture and reports interesting facts about the basilica. Saint John the Evangelist preached in this place. Tradition tells us that John, the apostle of Jesus, was placed in a cauldron of boiling oil, but came out miraculously uninjured and safe. The real gem of this church are the medieval frescoes, discovered during the restoration works of the last century.

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    Basilica of Saint Lawrence outside the Walls Rome Italy (ENG) | Paola Stirati

    Basilica of Saint Lawrence outside the Walls Rome Italy (ENG)

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    • By Paola Stirati
    • Narrated By Karolina Starin
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    The audioguide tells the story, describes the architecture and reports interesting facts about the basilica of San Lorenzo, outside the walls, one of the oldest basilicas in Rome. According to the legend, Lorenzo was the Archdiocese of Sixtus II, the pope at the time of Emperor Valerian, who rose to the throne in 253 AD. San Lorenzo was executed in 258. The basilica is part of the itinerary of the seven churches made by pilgrims to Rome.

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    Church of Santa Maria in Domnica Rome Italy (ENG) | Caterina Amato

    Church of Santa Maria in Domnica Rome Italy (ENG)

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    • By Caterina Amato
    • Narrated By Karolina Starin
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    The audioguide tells the story, describes architecture and reports interesting facts about the basilica of Santa Maria in Domnica, located in Rome, on the summit of Monte Celio. Particular attention is paid to the decoration of the central apse. They lively colors are striking, especially since many of the mosaics, of the apse, date back to the 9th century and represent work from the Byzantine school.

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    Arch of Constantine Rome Italy (ENG) | Caterina Amato

    Arch of Constantine Rome Italy (ENG)

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    • By Caterina Amato
    • Narrated By Karolina Starin
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    The audioguide tells the story, describes the architecture and reports interesting facts about the triumphal arch of Constantine, in Rome, between the Colosseum and the Palatine, and was made by the founder of Constantinople. The three-hole arc was built in the years 312-315 to celebrate Constantine's victory over Massenzio, in the battle fought at Milvio bridge.

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    Church of Santa Maria Amendolara Italy (ENG) | Caterina Amato

    Church of Santa Maria Amendolara Italy (ENG)

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    • By Caterina Amato
    • Narrated By Karolina Starin
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    The audioguide tells the story, describes the architecture and reports interesting facts about the church. In the city of Amendolara there are seven Byzantine churches. In the immediate vicinity of the city, there are caves that were once inhabited by hermits, which allow us to establish the tenth century as a period of settlement for the city. The church of Santa Maria is located in the historic center.

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    Basilica of San Nicola Bari Italy (ENG) | Caterina Amato

    Basilica of San Nicola Bari Italy (ENG)

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    The audioguide tells the story, describes the architecture and reports interesting facts about the basilica of St. Nicholas, widely known especially because it preserves the remains of the Saint Nicholas. Bari has been known since Roman times. Although the Normans conquered the city in 1071, it retained its Byzantine cultural heritage and the local clergy remained Byzantine.

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    Basilica of Santa Maria della Roccella Borgia Italy (ENG) | Caterina Amato

    Basilica of Santa Maria della Roccella Borgia Italy (ENG)

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    • Narrated By Karolina Starin
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    The vocal beauty of this church has been heard through the centuries and also through the descriptions of the many travelers who visited these places, which represented one of the stages of the Grand Tour (an integral part of the aristocratic education in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries). Borgia, like Scolacium, was under Byzantine rule, in the tenth, eleventh and fifteenth centuries.

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    Cathedral Cefalu Italy (ENG) | Paola Stirati

    Cathedral Cefalu Italy (ENG)

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    • By Paola Stirati
    • Narrated By Karolina Starin
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    The audioguide tells the story, describes the architecture and presents interesting facts about the cathedral of Cefalù, recognized as a UNESCO heritage site. The imposing dimensions of the cathedral give us an idea of Ruggero's great political project. The fulcrum of the whole Duomo are the marvelous mosaics; they cover an area of 650 square meters. The audioguide has been made by professionals in the field of history and art.

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    Parish church of Saint Mary in Lison Portogruaro Italy (ENG) | Alessio Tremiti

    Parish church of Saint Mary in Lison Portogruaro Italy (ENG)

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    • By Alessio Tremiti
    • Narrated By Karolina Starin
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    The first mention of the name Lison is from 996. Lison is a small fraction of the town of Portogruaro, in the province of Venice. The church was built in 1566. It was consecrated on June 24, 1565. There are invaluable historical artifacts: three marble arches with Greek epigraphs. The arches were made in Constantinople, between the 5th and the 6th centuries. The audio guide was made by experts in the field of history and art.

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    Cathedral Monreale Italy (ENG) | Paola Stirati

    Cathedral Monreale Italy (ENG)

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    • By Paola Stirati
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    The audioguide tells the story, describes the architecture and reports interesting facts about Monreale Cathedral. The church was founded by the Norman King William II the Good and was dedicated to Virgin Mary. According to legend, in 1174, while hunting, the sovereign saw a woman pointing to the place where her father's treasures were hidden. Following their discovery William decided to build a church, in honor of the Virgin, which was completed in less than ten years, probably by architects and Byzantine theologians.

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    Church of Santa Maria Dell'Ammiraglio Martorana Palermo Italy (ENG) | Caterina Amato

    Church of Santa Maria Dell'Ammiraglio Martorana Palermo Italy (ENG)

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    The audio guide tells the story, describes the architecture and reports interesting facts about the church. In 1072 Norman Dukes conquered Palermo and, in Sicily, began an era in which the Byzantine culture, the knowledge of the Arabs and the expressiveness of the Normans fused, creating an extraordinary unity. The symbol of this synthesis is the church of Santa Maria dell'Amiraglio, better known as "la Martorana". It was built in 1143.

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    Oratory of San Marco Rossano Italy (ENG) | Alessio Tremiti

    Oratory of San Marco Rossano Italy (ENG)

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    • By Alessio Tremiti
    • Narrated By Karolina Starin
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    The audioguide tells the story, describes the architecture and reports interesting facts about the oratory. Rossano is one of the most important cities of Calabria, under Byzantine rule, and here one of the most significant monuments of that time has been preserved: the Oratorio di San Marco, founded between the tenth and the eleventh century. During the restoration, fragments of admirable sculptures and frescoes of the Byzantine period emerged: a Virgin Mary with Child, which was to be part of a much wider representation.

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    The Cattolica Church Stilo Italy (ENG) | Paola Stirati

    The Cattolica Church Stilo Italy (ENG)

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    • By Paola Stirati
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    Consigned to history, thanks to the famous defeat Emperor Otto II's troops suffered, at the hands of the Arabs, in 982 the city of Stilo, whose name derives from the Greek "stulos", has its origins in Caulonia, an ancient Greek colony. The audioguide tells the story, describes the architecture and reports interesting facts about the Cattolica di Stilo, a unique historic place in the city. It is believed its design and construction took place prior to 1071.

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    Basilica of Ascension of the Blessed Virgin Torcello Venice Italy (ENG) | Paola Stirati

    Basilica of Ascension of the Blessed Virgin Torcello Venice Italy (ENG)

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    • By Paola Stirati
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    The audioguide tells the story, describes the architecture and reports interesting facts about the cathedral. The island of Torcello, populated since Roman times, sheltered the population from the mainland, during the Gothic invasion period. The basilica of Santa Maria Assunta was built in 639. The fulcro of the cathedral are the magnificent mosaics, executed by local and Byzantine workers.

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