Rotonda di San Lorenzo, Mantua

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The ruins of 11th-century Rotonda di San Lorenzo are cared for by Dominican friars. Built in the Lombard tradition with bricks, the church also borrows columns and marble detail from previous structures that once inhabited the site, one thought to be a temple devoted to Venus. Inside, spot two frescoes, one from the Byzantine era, and another from the 15th century. To visit Rotonda di San Lorenzo on your trip to Mantua, use our Mantua day trip planner.
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  • Located right by the huge Basilica, the contrast between it and this tiny structure could not be more stark. This - simple, austere. The basilica - grand and almost overwhelming. The interesting... 
    Located right by the huge Basilica, the contrast between it and this tiny structure could not be more stark. This - simple, austere. The basilica - grand and almost overwhelming. The interesting...  more »
  • Small round chapel on Mantova's central square. Ancient, forgotten over the centuries, almost lost and then rediscovered and refurbished. Sparse decoration, beautiful Romanic architecture all red... 
    Small round chapel on Mantova's central square. Ancient, forgotten over the centuries, almost lost and then rediscovered and refurbished. Sparse decoration, beautiful Romanic architecture all red...  more »
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  • Sadly closed when I visited. Excellent condition for such an old building!
  • Just opposite the Basilica di Sant'Andrea is a lovely little chapel called “Rotonda di San Lorenzo”. The most ancient church in the city (11th century), inspired by the Holy Sepulchre Church in Jerusalem and dedicated to St Lawrence. Completely round with beautiful Byzantine frescoes. You can feel the history as soon as you walk in the door and also a great way to escape from the heat for a few minutes. A card (in various languages) is available at the entrance explaining several features. Very well worth a few minutes of your time.

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