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View of one of the springs that are on the grounds of Abbazia delle Tre Fontane.
According to tradition, it was on the grounds of the Abby of the Three Fountains that the Apostle Paul was executed June 29, 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 monastic community was established here in 641. St. Bernard stayed here during his time in Rome—1138–40. The Abby contains three churches.