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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  • We stopped here on our way back from a tour of Ostia Antica. The grounds are spectacular and the artwork is quite impressive. Well worth a visit  more »
  • Simply a beautiful basilica with mosaics (Potraits) of all popes since Peter. Inside beautiful; also the cloister with the beautiful garden. All overwhelming and breathtakingly beautiful.
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  • Papal Basilica. It's part of the Vatican. Impressive and majestic. Incredible artwork inside. Feeling like you're small
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  • A holy and historic place of worship. A wonderful architectural works of art. A marvelous edifice. Very interesting to behold. I would like to visit again.
  • One of the four major basilicas of Rome, the location of this basilica marked the burial place of Saint Paul the Apostle. The saint's tomb is located beneath a marble tombstone in the basilica's crypt. The space here is simply magnificent. My visit here was one of the most memorable highlights from my vacation in Rome.
  • A must see for any Catholic! Beautiful imagery and design in the church that takes your breath away and will leave you looking up and spinning in circles. Also, you can pray mere feet from the actual tomb of St. Paul (how crazy, a real biblical figure)! Take the blue line, and it had it's open named metro stop. Super easy. You will most likely get there quicker than Google estimates as well!
  • A little farther off the beaten path in Rome; however, a must see for Catholics. It's the location of St. Paul's burial site! You can go pray right in front of his burial site. It's a large but quiet cathedral as not as many people come here. It is absolutely gorgeous inside and out. Cannot recommend this enough.
  • Mass is beautiful to listen to, even for infidels like me. The sound of the organs in the gigantic space is awe inspiring. The basilica is grandiose and astonishing.
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