Rotonda di San Lorenzo, Mantua

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The ruins of 11th-century Rotonda di San Lorenzo are cared for by Dominican friars. Built in the Lombard tradition with bricks, the church also borrows columns and marble detail from previous structures that once inhabited the site, one thought to be a temple devoted to Venus. Inside, spot two frescoes, one from the Byzantine era, and another from the 15th century. To visit Rotonda di San Lorenzo on your trip to Mantua, use our Mantua day trip planner .
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  • This Romanesque church, small and round shape, it is very simple and almost bare (unfortunately there are very few remains of the paintings on the walls), but it's still a nice place to be seen in the Centre of Mantova.
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  • Collection and simple architecture but no less impressive. When there are too much you lose that sense of deep religiosity tourists that all broadcasts.
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  • Round architecture catches the eye in Piazza Erbe. And within an air of genuine faith. Seeing the high relief of the third century after Christ, appearing to the right of the altar, a Madonna with child: moving.
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  • Be sure to go inside here, it's so cool!
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  • Beautiful medieval monument almost, to the shape and position, with the navel of the city. With entrance to offer free, stark environment that invites to meditation. Supervised the lighting that makes the wonderful atmosphere. Not to be missed!
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  • Circular Matilda Church. Don't miss the Interior dark and suggestive in imitation of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. It is the oldest church in the city, founded in the late 11th century and early 12th century, probably at the behest of Matilda of Canossa. Inspired by the Church of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem and dedicated to San Lorenzo (Roman martyr of the 3rd century), the Rotunda is a central plan, with above Gallery. An ambulatory precedes and surrounds the nave, characterized by eight columns and a small apse.
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  • A small place of worship with a circular plan developed on two rows of arches. Wanted by Matilde di Canossa and hidden for years from civil engineering structures, today has been restored and still offers some beautiful stretches of fresco to be admired. Very intimate and suggestive. Admission by donation.
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