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Basilica Papale San Paolo fuori le Mura, Rome
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The World Heritage-listed Basilica Papale San Paolo fuori le Mura is a faithful reconstruction of the ancient church that burned down on this site in 1823. The medieval cloister escaped the devastating fire, and other parts of the original interior were rescued and restored over the years. The original church, built by Emperor Constantine, was erected over the burial site of St. Paul in a spot where his followers had created a memorial in his honor. The new church, following the plan of the old structure, took nearly a century to complete. The building is 132 m (432 ft) long, 65 m (213 ft) wide, and 30 m (97 ft) tall, making it the second-largest church in Rome. Farther away from the city center than other notable architectural sites, this church is often overlooked by tourists and is seldom crowded. Put Basilica Papale San Paolo fuori le Mura on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Rome trip itinerary planner.
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  • magnificent Abbey. inside there are paintings of the faces of all the Popes to visit even if it is outside the
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  • You don't want to miss this magnificent church. The Papal Basilica of St. Paul outside the Walls, commonly known as St. Paul's outside the Walls is away from the hustle and bustle of central Rome and ...  more »
  • I went to this basilica mistakenly thinking she was less beautiful than the others, instead I had to totally change his mind, the nave with its greatness and its grandeur has really left her speechless, is nothing short of amazing. The mosaics give incredible light, lasted the columns are many and seems not to end ever! If you are in Rome passed through here.
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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.