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Abbey of St. Paul Outside the Walls, Rome

#15 of 520 in Historic Sites in Rome
World heritage site · Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Church
The World Heritage-listed Abbey of St. Paul Outside the Walls 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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Abbey of St. Paul Outside the Walls and many more Rome attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Rome online trip planner.
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  • this was amazing and we had a great time walking around the grounds And the building it was very impressive and was pleased to call there the price was very good  more »
  • I probably shouldn't review churches as I am one of those who is appalled and a little turned off by all the garish opulence of the Catholic churches. It hurts my soul to think of all the people who.....  more »
  • It's St. Paiul's church outside the Wallsand one of the four patriarchal churchs of Rome, and occuping the site of St. Paul's tomb; nice renovation of the basilica after an devasting fire in1800...  more »
  • Directly attached to the church with the same name you will love this cloister, the garden like strucure, and especially the wonderful columns. Every column seems to be unique. Enjoy the silence and the fresh air, two things that are not easy to get in Rome.
  • Interesting historical sight.
  • I'm blessed to have the opportunity to visit St Paul
  • Abazia adjacent to the Basilica of St. Paul outside the walls, is worth a visit to the cloister. There are exhibits of excavations carried out on site as well as tombstones of all eras. Big Souvenir shop.
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  • The Abbey of St. Paul offers to all those who want to see something beautiful and interesting to enter a cloister with attached garden very intact. Not to be overlooked at all the Spice where found pharmaceuticals and not only are absolutely to visit. A place where the body is cared for as well as the soul.
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