Rotonda di San Lorenzo

Mantua, Italy

The Rotonda di San Lorenzo is the most ancient church in Mantua. It is now sunk below the level of the Piazza della Erbe. It probably stands on the site of a Roman temple that was dedicated to the goddess Venus.

It was built during the reign of the Canossa family in the late 11th century. Inspired by the Holy Sepulchre church in Jerusalem and dedicated to the martyr St. Lawrence, it has a central plan and has maintained ancient features like the matronaeum (loggia for female faithful) and frescoes of the Byzantine school from the 11th-12th century. Another fresco fragment in the apse, portraying the Martyrdom of St. Lawrence, dates to the 15th century. The construction, according to the Lombard tradition, is in bricks, but has two columns and other details in marble, coming from ancient edifices.

Deconsecrated, it was used for dwellings, shops and stores, and at the beginning of the 20th century it was covered by other edifices. Later, it was restored and the external additions removed.

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Piazza Erbe, Mantua, Italy
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Founded: 11th century
Category: Religious sites in Italy

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Paolo Trevisani (3 months ago)
Curious round church
Selma pereira de oliveira (3 months ago)
Linda
Jian Du (5 months ago)
Good
Catalina Oana Tudor (14 months ago)
Must see when in Mantova! Beautiful small round church.
Hanne V (2 years ago)
Be sure to go inside here, it's so cool!
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