|Courtyard of San Clemente|
|Interior of San Clemente|
|Tree of Life mosaic|
On the right side, the newly restored chapel of St. Catharine feature frescoes in soft pastel colors of scenes in the life of St. Catharine.
|Fresco Madonna and Child|
Entering the bookshop, after paying the entrance fee, you proceed down to the excavations. The lower level features the 4th century church. You can walk through the church, encountering frescoes illustrating the life of St. Clemens, a mosaic of St. Cyril in the nave of the church and on the North aisle a Byzantine Madonna and child on a niche, slightly to the left of a hole, reputedly through which in 1857, Fr. Joseph Mulooly, then prior of St. Clement, broke through to the 4th century church after excavations began.
|Temple of Mithras|
|Rooms of Roman House|
Before leaving the church, I sat in one of the benches placed along the wall of the courtyard, where a cool breeze wafted through. Beside me, sat an American couple, after a period of silence the wife tells her husband, "this church I like". I agreed with her!