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GetCOO | Colonne di San Lorenzo

Colonne di San Lorenzo

The Colonne di San Lorenzo or Columns of San Lorenzo are prominent Roman ruins, located in front of the Basilica of San Lorenzo in central Milan. The colonnade, consisting mainly of 16 tall corinthian columns in a row, now fronts an open square. In the 4th century, the columns were moved here, after removal from a likely 2nd century pagan temple or public bath house structure.South of the columns, one of the medieval gates still has some Roman marble decoration still in place. In the 17th century, in preparations for a celebratory entrance into Milan of the monarch King Phillip II of Spain, it was proposed to raze the colonnade to widen the route; Ferrante Gonzaga declined the suggestion.