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Rome’s St. Paul’s Basilica gives rare peep into medieval Rome


New archaeological finds at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, shed new light on its medieval past.

Rome’s St. Paul’s Basilica gives rare peep into medieval Rome
Credit: Vatican News
Historical sources show that in 880 the complex of St. Paul’s Basilica, where the remains of St. Paul are enshrined, was fortified by a wall by Pope John VIII to defend it from invasions by Saracens.The archaeological site of “Orto dei Monaci”, the Italian for “Monks’ Orchard”,  is related to these fortifications, and gives an idea of the daily life of the Benedictine monks in medieval Rome.

Rome’s St. Paul’s Basilica gives rare peep into medieval Rome
Rome’s St. Paul’s Basilica gives rare peep into medieval Rome
Rome’s St. Paul’s Basilica gives rare peep into medieval Rome
Rome’s St. Paul’s Basilica gives rare peep into medieval Rome
Rome’s St. Paul’s Basilica gives rare peep into medieval Rome
Glimpses of archaeological finds at the "Monks' Orchard" of Rome's St. Paul's Basilica
[Credit: Vatican News]
Successive popes wanted to provide accommodation and facilities to the numerous pilgrims who would flock to the tomb of St. Paul.  Among the numerious curiosities of the finds are a channel for water supply, a portico with columns, a small belfry, construction material and implements, community rooms and a well fed by groundwater springs.


Five years after its inauguration in 2013, the archaeological site was reopened to the public on 28 June, with new visually suggestive experience using museography and the play of light.

Source: Vatican News [July 17, 2018]

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