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A Hungarian historian is convinced that patches of fresco in a Transylvanian church's ruins are a rare medieval copy of a legendary masterpiece by Italian maestro Giotto. The fragments found deep in the Romanian region are part of a 14th-century fresco reproduction of Giotto's "Navicella" mosaic that used to adorn St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, Szilard Papp told AFP in Budapest last week. Giotto made the vast mosaic – measuring roughly 10 by 14 meters and considered a marvel of medieval art – for the basilica's atrium around 1300 .During a trip to Jelna in 2014, he first saw the fragments of color on the wall in the mostly roofless church, abandoned since its congregation of ethnic-German Lutheran Protestants died out in 1976 .
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