Basilica Papale San Paolo Fuori le Mura, Rome

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Basilica Papale San Paolo Fuori le Mura represents the second largest church in Rome and houses St. Paul's tomb below its crypt. As one of Rome's four ancient basilicas, this church was founded by Roman Emperor Constantine I in the 4th century--later emperors and popes continued to add to the building's structure. Today, visitors tour the building to see its Classical facade, colossal columns, the ancient and original apse and triumphal arch, and the Holy Door, a feature found in each of the four major basilicas. Be sure to check out the past popes' portraits hanging on the walls. Put Basilica Papale San Paolo Fuori le Mura on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Rome online tour itinerary planner .
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  • here was beheaded St. Paul and also here is unusual, attractive building, you'll find portraits of all the past Popes-mosaics, Windows of Alabaster covered the Norwegian Government, attractive surroundings and garden
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  • A truly beautiful church with incredible architecture but sadly quite a trek from any of the major tourist sites. Worth a look if you are in the area, but not worth an independent trip  more »
  • It's a beautiful basilica filled with frescoes, columns, sculptures, works of the 13th century. Gorgeous inside and out. Cloister and more. Absolutely worth visiting.
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  • Do NOT visit San Paolo fuori le mura. Cars are opened and robbed outside the basilica. Carabinieri and army at the doors DO NOTHING to avoid robberies.
  • Beautiful and inspiring church containing papal portraits. Very convenient to Metro stop and nice gift shop.
  • +JMJ...Every pilgrimage to Rome included a visit to this visually outstanding, serenity enhancing ancient house of prayer. It is a little distance from Ancient Rome and the other major basilicas, but it was easy for me to get there because the bus stop was right outside my hotel's (Hotel Adriatic) door! After walking around the Basilica, photographing practically every nook and cranny, I would go to the Adoration Chapel for a quiet, prayerful visit. I love my Roman Catholic faith and gave plenty thanks to God for the blessed opportunity to visit the resting place of one of His most faithful follower/servants, St Paul. My prayer for all is that they will allow themselves to take in not only the historical and artful beauty of St Paul Outside the Walls, but will take the time to open Sacred Scripture and read St Paul's conversion story: Acts of the Apostles 9:1-30. Read also Epistle to the Romans, Chapter 1 verses 1 - 7. Great introduction of St Paul to Christians in Rome. These readings along with reading the Gospels, all 4, could be transformative for their eternal well-being.
  • Makes St Peter's look like an overdone glitzy try hard. We arrived during a Sunday mass. Would have converted if I hadn't been dragged out in the nick of time. This is a building with class, style and refinement not just gold. Amazing acoustics. Amazing glazing. Amazing architecture. Free entry, very low key and no crowds. If you don't feel God here you will at least see why some do. If you don't have time for this and the Vatican drop the Vatican.
  • My mum and I started crying as soon as we stepped in. Breathtaking. I think I experienced Stendhal Syndrome

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