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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. Plan to visit Rotonda di San Lorenzo and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Mantua attractions using our Mantua vacation planner.
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  • building survived miraculously to the history of the city as it had become a backyard of perimeter buildings. It's easy to read the internal structure with the balcony. worth a visit which also is by donation.
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  • A small early medieval round Church (in imitation of that of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem) as it remained very few in Italy. Clean, basic, restored just fine, if you think that had disappeared over the centuries and become an open courtyard between houses. The best thing is to wait for a moment of solitude among the groups of tourists, sit back and let the mystical atmosphere of the place, a beautiful experience. Then leave a few euros in costs, restoration is not finished.
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  • A beautiful late 11th century Rotunda that is striking for its simplicity of its lines that enclose a special climate of silence. Pity that you can no longer appreciate the paintings that were to decorate once. Also interesting are some documents exposed on the left side that illustrate moments of her troubled history with a use not always unorthodox that some signs let.
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  • Impressive circular Temple. Honestly I found it much more charming from the outside rather than inside. Worth a visit, although brief! @gargio76
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  • Circular Matilda Church. Don't miss the Interior dark and suggestive in imitation of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
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  • Small and charming religious structure that parallels the Palace. Peculiar architectural style. Entrance to free offer (to bear the costs of maintenance and renovation)
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  • A symbol of the city of Mantua. Quaint and very interesting from a historical and artistic.
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  • Well preserved to date back to the 11th century.
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