Map of Opua for The sixteen Corinthian columns outside the Colonne di San Lorenzo were probably scavenged from a bath or temple complex and placed here as a portico to the church in the fourth century. The current building is a sixteenth-century renovation of an eleventh-century church, which in turn replaced the original after several fires. Inside, the octagonal plan a sixteenth-century remodelling of the original square gives the church an intimate feel, while the light streaming down from the four large windows in the dome makes a refreshing change from the penumbra of the city’s sombre medieval places of worship. Note the two inverted columns flanking the main altar; although it’s not entirely clear why the columns are upside down, it is believed placing them in such a way was representative of the power Christianity had over paganism and earthly authorities. To the right of the altar, the Cappella di San Aquilino was probably built as an imperial mausoleum in the fourth century. The lunettes in the Roman octagonal room hold beautiful fourth-century mosaics, which would originally have covered all the walls, while beneath the relics of San Aquilino, steps lead down to what is left of the original foundations, a jigsaw of fragments of Roman architecture. Piazza della Vetra Shady Piazza della Vetra, which lies behind San Lorenzo, was a site for public executions until the mid-nineteenth century and the park here makes a good spot for a breather. It also allows fabulous views of the back of San Lorenzo, showing the mishmash of building styles that make up the basilica. Sant’Eustorgio Piazza Sant’Eustorgio 1 Portinari chapel Tues Sun 10am 6pm 6, combined ticket with Cappella di San Aquilino, Cappella Portinari & Museo Diocesano 12 Wsanteustorgio. Map of Opua 2016.
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