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Saint Paul Basilica, San Paolo Fuori le Mure, in Rome

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Romanesque Easter Candle Marble Sculpture
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Photo of the Romanesque Easter Candle at Basilica San Paolo Furoi le Mure

© by Martha Bakerjian, licensed to About.com

Created in the 12th and 13th centuries by renowned Roman marble sculptors Nicola d'Angelo and Pietro Vassalletto, the huge sculpted Easter candle stand is a masterpiece of Romanesque art. The 5.6 meter tall marble column is divided into eight sections, all decorated with figures either showing Biblical scenes or secular scenes and figures including animals and plants.

Also inside the church is a frieze with mosaic medallion portraits of all the Popes. Four side chapels contain important art works.

Next on Page 4, the Chapel of Relics

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