Eric Clark's Travel Videos – Rome Italy – Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls – Live Mass
Eric Clark’s Travel Videos – Rome Italy – Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls – Live Mass
“Architecture and interior
The Holy Door
The covered portico (or narthex) that precedes the façade is a Neo-classicist addition of the 19th-century reconstruction. On the right is the Holy Door, which is opened only during the Jubilees.
The new basilica has maintained the original structure with one nave and four side aisles. It is 131.66 metres (432.0 ft) long, 65 metres (213 ft)-wide, and 29.70 metres (97.4 ft)-high, the second largest in Rome.
The nave’s 80 columns and its wood and stucco-decorated ceiling are from the 19th century. All that remains of the ancient basilica are the interior portion of the apse with the triumphal arch. The mosaics of the apse were greatly damaged in the 1823 fire; only a few traces were incorporated in the restoration. The 5th-century mosaics of the triumphal arch are original (but also heavily reworked): an inscription in the lower section attest they were done at the time of Leo I, paid by Galla Placidia. The subject portrays the Apocalypse of John, with the bust of Christ in the middle flanked by the 24 Doctors of the Church, surmounted by the flying symbols of the four Evangelists. St. Peter and St. Paul are portrayed at the right and left of the arch, the latter pointing downwards (probably to his tomb).
From the inside, the windows may appear to be stained glass, but they are actually translucent alabaster.
The tabernacle of the confession of Arnolfo di Cambio (1285) belongs to the 13th century.
In the old basilica each pope had his portrait in a painted frieze extending above the columns separating the aisles from the nave. A 19th-century mosaic version can be seen now. The nave’s interior walls were also redecorated with painted scenes from Saint Paul’s life placed between the windows of the clerestory.
South of the transept is the cloister, considered “one of the most beautiful of the Middle Ages”. Built by Vassalletto in 1205-1241, it has double columns of different shapes. Some columns have inlays with golden and colored-glass mosaics; the same decoration can be seen on the architrave and the inner frame of the cloister. Also visible are fragments from the destroyed basilica and ancient sarcophagi, one with scenes of the myth of Apollo. ”
“The Papal Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls (Italian: Basilica Papale di San Paolo fuori le Mura), commonly known as St. Paul’s Outside the Walls, is one of Rome’s four ancient, papal, major basilicas,[a] along with the basilicas of St. John in the Lateran, St. Peter’s, and St. Mary Major.
The basilica is within Italian territory and not the territory of the Vatican City State, but the Holy See owns the Basilica, and Italy is legally obligated to recognize its full ownership and to concede to it “the immunity granted by International Law to the headquarters of the diplomatic agents of foreign States”.
James Michael Harvey was named Archpriest of the basilica in 2012. ”
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