The monastic community at San Paolo dates back to the late 6th century. Pope Gregory VII (1073-1085) was originally a monk in this monastery.
Mosaic work and ornate columns decorate the cloister, which can be visited with an admission fee (that also includes the Picture Gallery and Chapel of Relics, shown on the previous page). In the center is a fountain surrounded by a garden and around the perimeter is a display of Roman sarcophagi and tombstone fragments found during excavations around the Basilica. Part of an excavated necropolis can be seen in the grounds outside the church.
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