The “Sistine Chapel of the Middle Ages” Reopens


Buried underground for 1500 years, Santa Maris Antiqua escaped the destruction of the iconoclast periods. Recently reopened it is a valuable reference for liturgical art from the  7th and 8th centuries.

Daniel Esparza has the story (with pictures!) at Aletia.

Jonathan Pageau, at the Orthodox Arts Journal, a partner of Pontifex University, also has an article on this byzantine treasure submitted by Fr. Paul Walker, an Anticham Orthodox priest.


Pontifex University is an online university offering a Master’s Degree in Sacred Arts. For more information visit the website at

Lawrence Klimecki is a deacon for the diocese of Sacramento as well as a working artist, he writes on art and faith at 

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