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Just an interior photo of St. Paul's Basilica (San Paolo Fuori le Mura) in Rome with a classical symmetrical composition. It was a bit difficult to reach there, as unlike most of the huge basilicas in Rome, it is outside the city walls (Fuori le Mura) and best way to get there was using the train.

Despite the flat ceiling (which decreases the feeling of immenseness coming with high domes), the main hall, as you can see, is so large that, you are still awestruck.

The basilica was founded by the Roman Emperor Constantine I over the burial place of Saint Paul, and the first edifice was expanded under Valentinian I in the 370s. On 15 July 1823 a fire resulted in the almost total destruction of the basilica which, alone of all the churches of Rome, had preserved its primitive character for 1435 years. After long construction work with contributions from many other countries, it was re-opened in 1840.

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