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. Make Basilica Papale San Paolo Fuori le Mura part of your personalized Rome itinerary using our Rome itinerary builder.
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  • August 18, 2017
    Away from the hustle and bustle of the City,this beautiful and uncrowded Basilica will leave you feeling calm and rested. It's well worth the metro ride South to see this.  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    Despite being a little off center thanks mto worth a visit. This Basilica and truly wonderful and one of the four most important and largest Basilicas of Rome and not a Basilica packed and the entry and free. everyone in Rome can't lose to meet this wonderful Basilica and full of history.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Away from the historic center, this wonderful Basilica is worth a look. Precisely its remoteness make it uncrowded. What a pleasure to have "for himself". It is grandiose. The dimensions and decoration are superb.
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  • 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.
  • Less visited than the other basilicas, but perhaps the most interesting of the four. Burnt down and rebuilt, it has retained the form of the early basilicas and gives you an idea of what the original St. Peter's would have looked like. Inside the atmosphere is always peaceful thanks to the size and the lack of large numbers of visitors. The portraits of the popes are worth seeing, as is the cloister. Keep your ticket when you leave as you'll need it to get into the recently opened archaeological area outside the bookshop.
  • Gorgeous building, great English signage, and not too many crowds. I know most short term visitors don't stay this far out of city Centre but I recommend you come here and take a look. No long lines or vendors like the Vatican and honestly this probably almost as beautiful. Excited to go back and see the cloister tour for a great price, 4€. The restoration work and explanations are amazing. You can come here to see the resting place of St Paul, which is breathtaking.
  • A truely amazing place. I am not religious, but I know some of the story of St Paul's life and how he was converted to faith in Jesus. A huge history​ lesson inside these walls.
  • A charming church, nice area. Ideal spot for a walk and lunch.

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