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The gate, beyond which is the Abby of the Three Fountains.

According to tradition, it was here that the Apostle Paul was executed 29 June, 67.  The tradition indicates that he was beheaded and that his head bounced on the ground three times and three fountains sprang from the ground where the head bounced.

A church was built here in the 5th century A.D.  A monastic community was established here in 641.  St. Bernard stayed here during his time in Rome—1138–40.  The Abby contains three churches.