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Piazzale di S. Paolo, 1 www.basilicasanpaolo.org Basilica:…
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Piazzale San Paolo, 1
Basilica: every day 17:00-18:30. Free entry.
Cloister, picture gallery, archaeological area of the monastic garden: every day 8:30-18:15.
This is the second largest patriarchal basilica after St. Peter’s and originates from the three-nave church built by Emperor Constantine on the place where, according to legend, the saint had been buried. Over the centuries additions and embellishments made by a succession of Popes left it without a sense of continuity. The transept, holy arch and part of the old façade, which was later demolished, survived the fire of 1823. In the Jubilee of 1825, Leo XII inaugurated the reconstruction work, marking a true rebirth of the church buildings. The chapel of the Sacramento, commissioned by Benedict XIII for the Jubilee of 1725, which houses the fourteenth century polychrome wood crucifix, was one of the works prior to the fire.
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