SAN GIOVANNI A PORTA LATINA

ST JOHN AT THE LATIN GATE 

 

   The main entrance to the Basilica is fronted by a small piazza with a 100 year old cedar and an 8th century well-head, nearly reproducing this aspect of the Basilica that would have been seen at the reconsecration of Pope Celestine III in the 12th Century.

 

   The portico (or porch) of the Basilica has four columns (each of a different marble) supporting five arches.  The main door is framed with a simple mosaic of red and green porphyry.

   The well-head, from the time of Pope Adrian I,  has a double row circular design around its barrel and writing completely around the its crown.  The writing is a Latin inscription that almost reproduces the baptismal formula:

   + IN NOMINE PAT[RES] ET FILII ET

      SPI[RITUS SANT]I

   "In the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit"

 

and a quote from the prophet Isaiah:

   + OMN[E]S SITIE[NTES VENITE AD AQUAS]

     "All you who are thirsty come to the water"

 

 and the name of the stone-carver:

 EGO STEFANUS

"I Stephen".

 

 

 

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