The ancient basilica of San Lorenzo fuori le Mura (St Lawrence Outside the Walls) was the only church in Rome to suffer in the second world war; it was badly damaged during a bombing raid on the city's railway yards on July 19th, 1943.
The church was subsequently repaired; the work being completed in 1949.
My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private walking tours of Rome.
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