Piazzale del Verano
Hours 7.00am to noon; 3.00pm to 6.00pm
It seems that the original sanctuary on the site was a mortuary chapel erected in the 4th century by Emperor Constantine over the tomb of St. Lawrence.
In the 6th century pope Pelagius II built a new basilica that was modified in the 13th century by pope Honorius III The triumphal arch, with 6th century mosaics,on its inner face, divides the two architectural periods.
Noteworthy are the fluted Corinthian columns, the 12th century campanile and the two 13th century ambos, the 12th century cloister, one of the most beautiful in Rome.
The basilica was bombed during World War II.