"San Paolo Fuori Le Mura" Basilica San Paolo Fuori le Mura Tip by Applelyn
Basilica San Paolo Fuori le Mura, Rome: 35 reviews and 86 photos
It is erected in IVth century by Emperor Constantine. Under the church laid the tomb of ST Paul--the Apostle of Gentiles. Around the 15th and 16th July 1823, there was a huge fire that destroyed the church and its contents. Very few items such as the cloisters of the adjacent Benedictine abbey, survived the fire. When Pope Leo XII became the Pope, he reconstructed it to its glory. I love this church as it is a painting by itself with pictures "imprinted" into the bricks. My heart just filled with joy when I saw the vibrant colours. Such artwork is a miracle and the people involved in making it possible must have taken great pride in what they are doing. I like the medalions that depicted each individual Pope. Look out for the Easter Candlestick which also survived the fire. It is made of marble and created to hold the Easter Candle, the symbol of Christ as the "light of the world". The whole church is just an artwork. Unique! Fantastico!
Address: Via Ostiense
Directions: Alight at San Paolo metro station.
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