The stone work

Antique stones are everywhere; for example:

It seems that every other church has a wonderful mosaic. Some are from the fourth or fifth century. They are usually hard to photograph because of the poor lighting, but here are a few:

I just loved the amazing profusion of colored marbles which, already in the classical times, were imported from all over the Mediterranean. Here is some cosmatesque work on the floors of San Clemente and San Giovanni in Laterano, as well as some wonderful stone work in the cloister of that church. And I just don't understand how they could create this wall, in the crypt of Santa Maria Maggiore, without power tools! By contrast, how come Bernini, the master of so many exhuberant sculptures, has such a modest and simple tomb?

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