San Sebastiano's Temple

Leon Battista Alberti

Mantova Museo Urbano Diffuso

Mantova Museo Urbano Diffuso

The interior of the church is a curious combination. Not only was it built during an extensive period of construction with numerous redesigns, not only was it renovated over the centuries, but the existing roof actually differs from Alberti's original design. The church was abandoned, and in the 19th century was treated with little respect by Austrian soldiers from the nearby barracks. After the third war of independence when Mantua became a part of Italy once more, the local authorities gradually converted it into a Famedio, a memorial site for the fallen soldiers.

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  • Title: San Sebastiano's Temple
  • Creator: Leon Battista Alberti