Mosaics

Ancient Romans were skilled at the art of mosaic, producing intricate patterns and stylized designs of people, flowers, and animals, by laying tiny tiles made of stone or glass.

We spent so much time looking up at ornate ceilings on our tour that it was a relief to look down at the beautiful mosaic floors in Vatican City or on display in Rome. The National Museum of Rome houses an extensive collection of ancient Roman mosaics at the Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, some excavated nearby during the construction of Termini Station. At the Vatican Museums, we were astounded to realize that we were walking on ancient mosaic floors removed from Roman structures.

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Mosaic, National Museum of Rome

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Mosaic, National Museum of Rome

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Mosaic, National Museum of Rome

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Mosaic, National Museum of Rome

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Mosaic, National Museum of Rome

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Mosaic, National Museum of Rome

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Mosaic, National Museum of Rome

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Mosaic, National Museum of Rome

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Mosaic, National Museum of Rome

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Mosaic, National Museum of Rome

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Mosaic, National Museum of Rome

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Mosaic, National Museum of Rome

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Mosaic at Palazzo Braschi, Museo di Roma, Rome

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Mosaic Floor at Vatican Museums, Vatican City

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Walking on Ancient Mosaic Floor at Vatican Museums, Vatican City

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Walking on Ancient Mosaic Floor at Vatican Museums, Vatican City

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Walking on Ancient Mosaic Floor at Vatican Museums, Vatican City

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Walking on Ancient Mosaic Floor at Vatican Museums, Vatican City

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Mosaic Floor at Vatican Museums, Vatican City

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Mosaic Floor at Vatican Museums, Vatican City

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Mosaic Floor at Vatican Museums, Vatican City

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Mosaic Floor at Vatican Museums, Vatican City

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Intricate Mosaic of Raphael’s Transfiguration at St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City

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