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Piazzale del Verano, 3
Every day. 7:30-12:00 and 16:00-19:00. Free entry.
The construction San Lorenzo fuori le mura, also called San Lorenzo al Verano because it had been built on “Veranus ager”, land owned by Emperor Lucius Verus, was carried out by Constantine who rebuilt the crypt that held the relics of San Lorenzo and constructed a cemetery basilica. The present church, flanked by the monastery and preceded by the square with a bronze statue of San Lorenzo by Stefano Galletti (1865), is really the fusion of the later basilicas of popes Pelagius II (sixth century) and Honorius III (XIII century), which are adjacent but on two different axes. Particularly significant are the frescoes dedicated to the saint on the facade (XIII century) and the Chapel to San Tarcisio by Virginio Vespignani, down the aisle, with Santa Ciriaca burying San Lorenzo by Emilio Savonanzi (1619) and, on the left, the Beheading John the Baptist by Giovanni Serodine (1619).