Rome, Italy: St. Paul Outside the Walls: Atrium

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Sheppard, Beth M.
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May 20, 2017
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Italy , Rome , Piazzale San Paolo , Papal Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls , Basilica Papale di San Paolo fuori le Mura , St. Paul Outside the Walls , Atriums , Corinthian Columns , Frescoes , Saint Paul in Art , Sculptures , Mosaics
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The atrium of the Papal Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls (Rome, Italy). According to https://www.vatican.va/various/basiliche/san_paolo/en/basilica/esterno.htm: "The imposing quadriportico, 70 meters long and composed of 150 columns, planned by Poletti, was concluded by Calderini. A colossal statue of Saint Paul stands right at the centre of the atrium and was sculpted by Giuseppe Obici (1807-1878). The facade is decorated by mosaics which were done between 1854 and 1874 (based on the designs of Agricola and Consoni). They depict: in the lower section, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Daniel and in the central section, the mystical Lamb surrounded by four rivers which symbolize the four Gospels, and by twelve lambs representing the twelve Apostles. In the upper section, Christ is situated between Peter and Paul. There are three main doors. At the centre is the monumental door in green bronze made by Antonio Maraini, which was placed here in 1931; to its right is the new Holy Door, made of golden bronze, created by the sculptor Enrico Manfrini and erected for the Jubilee of the year 2000."
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