Rotonda di San Lorenzo

Rotonda di San Lorenzo, Mantua

Rotonda di San Lorenzo
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JJJC_Family
Virginia498 contributions
Oct 2021
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 thing is that I think you appreciate them more seeing them one right after the other. For me, I believe it reinforces my amazement that I can enjoy so many different types of places and respect each one for what it is. And that I think is also why I love visiting Europe so much - the infinite variety of structures and landscapes in such a small area. For me, if I structure a trip properly, it's almost impossible for me to be bored no matter how many churches, palaces, musems, etc., I have seen.

Getting back to the Rotunda - yes, see it. It won't take you more than a few minutes and it won't overwhelm you, but you will like it and since you will certainly see the basilica, there is no reason not to stop in here.
Written January 10, 2022
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ViaBen
Greater London, UK756 contributions
Sep 2021
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 bricks and stone columns, impressive dome.
Go sit right in the middle. look up and enjoy the atmosphere!
Written September 25, 2021
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LoveTravel0917
Altamont, NY87 contributions
Sep 2021
Worth popping in for a quick visit. So interesting that the city built up around these small churches and almost concealed their existence. Lucky people now truly understand why its important to preserve history. Small church but worth stopping.
Written September 19, 2021
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Andrew D
Milan, Italy156 contributions
Aug 2020
Below street level, this relatively small and quiet thousand year old church had been subsumed by surrounding buildings and only rediscovered when these were demolished about one hundred years ago. Go and enjoy.
Written August 1, 2020
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DamCar65
89 contributions
Sep 2019
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.
Written March 1, 2020
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Claudia N
Bernau am Chiemsee, Germany42 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
With a very special history in this church is a place not to be missed. Tucked away next to Mantua’s main squares this place is easily overlooked. It has an energy all to its own, recharging batteries when you are open to it.
Written December 19, 2019
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Christopher C
Gravesend, UK182 contributions
Oct 2019
Just popped in attracted by the shape of the building. It doesn't disappoint inside either. Despite its pristine condition outside and in you can feel the history.
Written October 17, 2019
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AllanJGJ
Wellington, New Zealand3,326 contributions
Sep 2019
This is a fascinating little church with a very rare, circular design. It's 11th century and apparently based on the design of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. Perhaps the most interesting features are the byzantine frescoes and the separate loggia for female worshippers, a very rare throwback to the early days of the church. It's also interesting to see how the ground level of these old towns build up over the centuries; the church is about a metre below the current ground level in the Piazza. Worth five minutes of your time as you stroll by.
Written September 25, 2019
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REDMAN
Egaleo, Greece3,984 contributions
May 2019
Reminds me of one same that we have here in Greece, in Thessaloniki, and it proves that countries had commercial and architectural relationships.
Written September 23, 2019
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Deirdre_dines
Dublin, Ireland974 contributions
Aug 2019 • Couples
Beautiful circular church in this perfect little city - take a moment to escape the heat and take in the interior structure of this old building. Loved mantua.
Written August 29, 2019
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