SAN GIOVANNI A PORTA LATINA

ST JOHN AT THE LATIN GATE 

   The interior of the Basilica is divided into three naves, divided by two rows of columns on which rest semi-circular arches. 

 

   The two columns closest to the sanctuary are of white marble with deep fluting.  The other columns are of various types of marble and granite, capped with a diverse collection of Ionic capitals.

   The central nave terminates with a half-hexagon apse.  Each of the three sides of the apse opens with a large window filled with honey-coloured onyx, which, with the morning sun,  fill the Basilica with a warm glow .

 

   Occupying the ledge of the central window is a carved wooden crucifixion scene including St. John the Evangelist and the Blessed Virgin Mary.

   In front of the altar has a mosaic pavement of  a “cosmotesque” style. The geometric pattern of red and green porphyry is framed in white marble (including as well are reused fragments of white marble with Latin lettering) is thought to have been created before the 12th century.

 

   Inserted in the front step of the altar, is the “title” of the Basilica, of ancient origin, discovered during the renovations of 1940:

TIT. S. IOANNIS ANTE PORIAM LA[TINAM].

 

 

 

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