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Carcere Mamertino, Rome
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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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  • We did a tour of the prison where the Apostles Peter and Paul were imprisoned and the experience was indescribable. The dark and stuffy environment, the hole where the prisoners were thrown in jail, all that showed the horrors through which passed the enemies of Rome at the time. Maybe for those who don't have some kind of connection with Christianity is not very interesting, but for Christians, it's definitely an exciting experience.
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  • Potentially an interesting place from a historical and spiritual. Despite a good preparation but I perceived these issues. Sore point is the cost: € 10 for a visit that lasts half an hour and no longer paying possible only with paper and no cash. Interesting frescoes to be seen also with augmented reality thanks to a tablet that is provided during the visit. With all the places there are in Rome, also in relation to price, can be left safely in queue programs to visit.
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  • Go back in history and could meet the prison where the Apostles Peter, Paul, Kings, Queens and heads of State, all considered enemies of Rome, were, is indescribable. Site guard their original structure, dark environment, humid and muggy, black iron grills and the low ceiling, form a kind of "actual sample" of the horror that was. Outside the actual feeling of returning for centuries past, the charmed me most, was the emotional narrative of the audio guide, marked by water sounds, moans and cries for help. Fantastic. Be sure to use the audio guide. It's a rewarding experience.
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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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