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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  • Perhaps my favourite of all of the people basilicas within the city of Rome. This place offers a truly Grant mix of statuary, mosaics, sacred artifacts, a and sublime beauty. As comparatively silly as it may seem the gift shop is also quite good as well. So take a trip off the beaten path, visit this place, and light a candle for somebody special in your life. You will be very glad that you did.
  • Away from the crowds and noise of Rome this basilica is worth the short metro ride and spend a few hours admiring its beauty. It has well maintained gardens and an enormous beautiful interior.
  • The most overlooked of the four papal basilicas. This basilica is farther from downtown Rome and receives the least amount of foot traffic. If you are looking for a church to quietly pray and reflect in Rome, St. Paul Outside the Walls should be your first option.
  • The area in which the basilica of Saint Paul outside the walls stands, was occupied by a vast subdial cemetery, that is to say in the open air, in constant use from the 1st century BC. at the 3rd century AD but sporadically reused, especially for the construction of mausoleums, until late antiquity. It was an extensive cemetery and included different types of tombs, from family pigeons to small funerary chapels often frescoed and decorated with stuccoes. Almost all of this sepulchral area is still buried, for the most part below the level of the nearby Tiber, and it is estimated to extend under the whole area of the basilica and the surrounding area.
  • S.Paolo Bastiani is a beautiful impressive church a must visit The church is easily accessible and walking distance from the metro station, about 5 minutes walk.
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