San Giovanni a Porta Latina, Rome

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  • According to legend, this Basilica dating from the fifth century would have been built on the site of the martyrdom of St. John the Evangelist. The main entrance overlooks a small square on which stands a well dating back to the eighth century. Five-story Bell Tower and the porch were added to the building to the X or XI century. The Interior of the Basilica is divided into three naves, the central nave ending in an apse of semi-hexagonale form. Each side of the apse is pierced with a wide window openings filled onyx plates that let a golden light. In front of the altar is a pavement of geometric patterns in red and green porphyry mosaic box of white marble supposedly traced back to the 12th century. A baroque ceiling and Baroque decorations, which were added between the XVI and XVII century, have been removed in the twentieth returning to the initial simplicity of the Interior of the building. During these renovations, a first series of frescoes was discovered above the high altar and restored. Later, a complete cycle of frescoes representing fifty scenes from the old and the New Testament was discovered along the nave. Not for this cycle of frescoes, exceptional testimony of medieval art, this Basilica is worth a visit. But in reality, what you can see is an interesting and charming.
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  • The porta Latina with the adjacent church of San Giovanni in Oleo best preserved one of the gates of the Aurelian walls. Erected for defensive reasons, is flanked by two semicircular towers no Windows but with slits for the archers. Impressive.
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  • 12-century small church is situated on the outskirts of Rome, next to the city gate, where the name of the temple. Open very rarely. For several years I couldn't get into this church. Only open on Sundays. Most valuable in this church is the cycle of frescoes of the beginning of 13 century biblical themes. The frescoes placed on the wall of the main nave under the ceiling. Murals are not very well preserved. But this is a very rare frescoes. Because painting 13 century barely survived
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  • A little gem for inside the walls of the porta latina. In front of the entrance there is a small but well kept garden. The Interior is simpler than the better known but very delicate. Definitely worth seeing, indeed to discover.
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  • This parish n/is great, but it's very pretty.
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  • Beautiful facility
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