Basilica di San Paolo fuori le Mura_1 on Flickr – Photo Sharing!

Basilica di San Paolo fuori le Mura – mosaico on Flickr – Photo Sharing!

mosaic of the front of San Paolo church, work of Filippo Agricola and Nicola Consoni (XIX century)

San Paolo Exterior Mosaics

The gold mosaics are impressing, especially on a sunny day or in the evening when the façade is floodlit. The mosaics that were here at the time of the fire were moved to the arch over the apse. The present ones were made between 1854 and 1874 by Vatican workshops, based on designs by Filippo Agricola and Nicola Consoni. Christ is shown between the Apostles Peter and Paul. Below is the Lamb of God on the mountain of Paradise. The four rivers symbolize the gospels, and the twelve lambs drinking from the rivers symbolize the Apostles. The cities are Jerusalem and Bethlehem. The lower section shows the Old Testament Prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Daniel.

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