Saint Paul Outside the Walls, Rome, Italy

Steven Dutch, Professor Emeritus, Natural and Applied Sciences, Universityof Wisconsin - Green Bay

Above: Subway in Rome Below: The rear of St. Paul Outside the Walls (San Paolo Fuori le Mure)

Transept and Chapels

The reputed tomb of St. Paul. Below left: said to be his chains. Below right: the tomb.
An altar of solid malachite. Wow. Just .... wow.
All the holy water fonts are boat shaped, commemorating Paul's voyages.

The Main Nave

Below: Basilica of the Holy Thin Section. The windows are thinly cut slabs of stone.

The Courtyard

Left: The first time we were here, in 1990, it was a chilly, damp, dark day in January, with barely enough light inside to see. And then we walked out into the courtyard and saw this. Even on a miserable day, it glowed.

Below: On a nice day it's even more spectacular. I think the only time the mosaic will ever be directly sunlit is very early morning and late afternoon in midsummer.
Left: One of the bronze main doors

Below: Views around the portico.
Left: Why it pays to be picky about stone. Rust stains from iron minerals (possibly pyrite).

Below: The train platform at the local stop.

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Created 22 June 2007, Last Update 04 June 2020