Chiesa di San Paolo al Martirio, Rome

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  • The church is located within the Abbey complex of the three fountains, and was erected on the site of the martyrdom of St. Paul. According to tradition, when St. Paul was beheaded, his head bounced three times on the ground, giving birth to three springs, hence the name given to the whole complex. The three fountains, one with hot water, one cold and the other lukewarm, remained in operation until 1950 when they were closed due to pollution. They are located inside the church, and are topped by tabernacles conceived by Della Porta arranged at equal distance but at different heights. In the center of the church there is a beautiful mosaic from the Roman era, while behind the altar there is a copy of the Crucifixion of Guido Reni.
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  • The church stands on the site where, according to tradition, St. Paul was martyred by decapitation: Legend has it that his head, once cut, have bounced three times on the ground, doing well at every leap a source of water, a warm, a a cold and warm. Hence the name of the name of the three fountains.
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  • It is the oldest of 3 churches in the Abbey of the Tre fontane ", built in the 5th century on the spot where St. Paul was martyred and beheading. The marble plaque over the entrance read: "St. PAULI APOSTOLI MARTYRII LOCUS UBI TRES FONTES MIRABILITER ERUPERUNT", meaning "place of the martyrdom of Saint Paul the Apostle where three sources miraculously flowed out." Legend has it that in fact the Apostle's head, cut from the body, have bounced three times on the ground before stopping and that, in any bound, the ground is a hot water spring: the first, the second, the third cold. On the three fountains, that long kept the three different water temperatures, were erected three newsstands visible inside the Church in memory of the miracle. Right corner, near the first newsstand and protected by a gate, you will find the column to which tradition says that St. Paul was bound to suffer martyrdom. On the main altar a copy of "Crucifixion" by Guido Reni; the original is in the Pinacoteca Vaticana.
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