Rome, Italy: Church of Saint Paul at the Three Fountains: Arch of Charlemagne: Signage 1

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Church of Saint Paul at the Three Fountains , San Paolo alle Tre Fontane , Church of the Martyrdom of Saint Paul , Church of St. Paul the Apostle , Abbazia delle Tre Fontane , Abbey of the Three Fountains , Church of Saint Vincent and Saint Anastasius , Santa Maria Scala Coeli , Church of Saint Maria Scala Coeli , Arch of Charlemagne , Frescoes , Evangelists in Art , Signage
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A sign to the right of the Arch of Charlemagne within the Abbey of the Three Fountains (Rome, Italy). The sign says "Vendita di oggetti religiosi," which means "Sale of religious objects." It seems to be advertising a special sale. The Arch of Charlemagne is the entrance to the actual abbey complex of the Abbazia delle Tre Fontane (Abbey of the Three Fountains) in Rome, Italy. The complex is four miles outside Rome, run by Cistercian monks belonging to the Trappist order. It contains three churches, of which the Church of Saint Paul at the Three Fountains (Church of the Martyrdom of Saint Paul; San Paolo alle Tre Fontane; Church of St. Paul the Apostle) is most sacred. This church was built on the site where Saint Paul was beheaded on Emperor Nero's order. As a Roman citizen, Saint Paul could not be executed within the city. The other two churches in the complex are the earliest one: the Benedictine Church of Saint Vincent and Saint Anastasius, built in 626; and the 16th century Roman Catholic Church of Saint Maria Scala Coeli, where Saint Paul stopped to pray for the last time before he was beheaded. The legend is that Paul's head bounced three times and fountains sprang up at each spot; hence, the title of "Three Fountains." Actually, fountains already existed at the site when Paul was beheaded. The Arch of Charlemagne was built in the 13th century and is named after Charlemagne because he endowed the Abbey. On the ceiling of Charlemagne's Arch are fragments of frescoes, including the attributes of the four Evangelists: the Angel for Saint Matthew, the Lion for Saint Mark, the Ox for Saint Luke and the Eagle for Saint John. Through the arch, the Church of Saint Vincent and Anastasius is visible.
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