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The summary of the history of Aquileia is found in the Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta, with its mosaics that tell stories of the Testament, the Cripta degli Affreschi and the Cripta degli Scavi . The real gem of the Basilica is the floor mosaic which covered the two large halls of worship that were built at the beginning of the fourth century. There are two separate crypts within the basilica which you should visit; the Cripta degli Affreschi ('Fresco Crypt') is close to the altar and contains some charming faded twelfth-century frescoes. The Cripta degli Scavi ('Crypt of the Excavations') is reached through a doorway to the left as you enter the basilica.