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Cappella di San Zenone (Chapel of Saint Zeno)

The Cappella di San Zenone (Chapel of Saint Zeno) is a lateral chapel part of the Basilica of Santa Prassede, in Rome. The chapel stands out due to its collection of early Christian mosaics, a wonderful example of Byzantine art in Rome. The structure is considered a unique example of Carolingian Renaissance style in Rome and its beauty earned it the moniker the “Garden of Paradise.” 

The chapel dates back to the ninth-century and was constructed on the orders of Pope Paschal I. He wanted to use it as a sepulchral chamber for his beloved mother, Theodora.


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