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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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  • Basilica accessible by Metro. Impressive for its garden and the Church. Easily accessible with strollers. The interior features historical artifacts. Recommend visiting ... excited the portraits of the Popes.
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  • A must see basilica. Beauty within and outside as well. Great statuary of St Paul and Angels. Look out for gypsies loitering outside 
  • In the midst of so many beautiful churches, we can say with certainty that the Basilica of St. Paul outside the walls is one of the most impressive. According to tradition, was built under the orders of the Emperor Constantine, on top of the tomb of the Apostle Paul. The construction is great, about 150 columns surrounding a well-kept garden and a statue of Saint Paul, as if kept that place. The visitor should not forget to look at the details of the bronze door at the entrance. There are other shows: the roof is impressive, the chapels around the main vessel, the internal columns and the baldachin, in Gothic style.
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  • Stunning Basilica with Christian and Roman artifacts. There is also a medieval archeological excavation site that was unearthed.
  • An amazing, beautiful basilica that is almost as impressive as San Pietro, but because of location is not nearly as busy. The quietness of this basilica is what makes it special. It is emptier than most basilicas which makes one realise how big it truly is. Something off the beaten path which every is worth seeing!
  • A somewhat "secret" gem in the outskirts of Rome. Just as beautiful as St. Peter's Basilica but without the massive crowds since it's not in the center of town. Only a few bus stops always but provides a much more serene atmosphere.
  • Just outside the Roma wall some say this was the first Vatican if you look up you can see on the side inside all the previous popes and the remaining spaces for the next popes truly a beautiful place
  • Don't miss it! Much quieter than the other major Basilicas.