To Rise From Ashes: The Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls

One hundred eighty-nine years ago next week—on July 15, 1832—a careless workman started a fire on the roof of one of Rome’s great papal basilicas, the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the  Walls.  The workman had been completing repairs on the lead tiles when a great fire erupted, causing near total destruction of the historic chapel.Repairs on the basilica took more than 30 years, with many countries contributing toward its construction.  Pillars of alabaster were offered by the Viceroy of Egypt … [Read more...]