Abbazia di San Paolo fuori le Mura, Rome

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The World Heritage-listed Abbazia di San Paolo fuori le Mura is a faithful reconstruction of the ancient church that burned down on this site in 1823. The medieval cloister escaped the devastating fire, and other parts of the original interior were rescued and restored over the years. The original church, built by Emperor Constantine, was erected over the burial site of St. Paul in a spot where his followers had created a memorial in his honor. The new church, following the plan of the old structure, took nearly a century to complete. The building is 132 m (432 ft) long, 65 m (213 ft) wide, and 30 m (97 ft) tall, making it the second-largest church in Rome. Farther away from the city center than other notable architectural sites, this church is often overlooked by tourists and is seldom crowded. Put Abbazia di San Paolo fuori le Mura on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Rome trip itinerary planner.
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  • August 18, 2017
    Huge Abbey, beautifully decorated. Very little world and tourist (probably as a result of its distance). Although smaller (everything is relative...) I preferred to St. Peter. And what peaceful cloister... Bare shoulders refrain (what to cover them is available, for free, at the entrance. See (on the metro B line it only takes 15 minutes from Termini.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Strongly urge a guide to explore this beauty if you are not a history buff or architectural savant. The incredible history of this Abbey and belief that this is the burial ground of St Paul makes this...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    The Basilica is huge and with so much to see all shows how the paintings, sculptures or even beautiful mosaics that are present on the outside and inside of the structure. There are many chapels dedicated to various saints. Definitely will be back when we definitely coming for that zone as it is totally free.
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