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Carcere Mamertino, Rome

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Historic Site
The Mamertine Prison, in antiquity the Tullianum, was a prison located in the Comitium in ancient Rome. It was located on the northeastern slope of the Capitoline Hill, facing the Curia and the imperial fora of Nerva, Vespasian, and Augustus. Located between it and the Tabularium was a flight of stairs leading to the Arx of the Capitoline known as the Gemonian stairs.The church of San Giuseppe dei Falegnami now stands above the Mamertine.Name and originThe origins of the prison's names are uncertain. The traditional derivation of "Tullianum" is from the name of one of the Roman kings Tullus Hostilius or Servius Tullius (the latter is found in Livy, Varro, and also Sallust); there is an alternative theory that it is from the archaic Latin tullius "a jet of water", in reference to the cistern. The name "Mamertine" is medieval in origin, and may be a reference to a nearby temple of Mars.According to tradition, the prison was constructed around 640–616 BC, by Ancus Marcius. It was originally created as a cistern for a spring in the floor of the second lower level. Prisoners were lowered through an opening into the lower dungeon.
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  • It was ok. It's Ana amazing place for who was jailed there. But nothing more. Over priced. But I do think worth the visit.  more »
  • This was a must see for our trip. We didn't realise how close it was to the Roman Forum! It was a bit overpriced (there are 2 prices) but as a Christian it didn't matter as we wanted to be where the A...  more »
  • At 10 Euros this is what can only be described as a tourist trap. My visit lasted probably ten minutes at the most . A word of warning to visitors who do not understand Italian, my guide's English was...  more »
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  • There is not too much going on here. You don't need a lot of time. It is cool to see where Peter and Paul were imprisoned. You go down into a dungeon. I did not go the dramatized tour.
  • Looks nice from the outside, sadly did not get a chance to view the inside.
  • A very old and beautiful building. Entered by accident and were impressed.
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  • Beautiful place
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