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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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  • This is a short but very touching visit. The staff was very friendly and talkative, with lots of details even for me as a solo visitor. At the time of my visit it was possible to pay only with a credi...  more »
  • For passionate history and like to visit places that have influenced the history of the world is essential. Visited it years ago and now again. Fully restored and with much taste and didactic. The maximum security prison of ancient Rome where were locked Sanpedro and San Pablo and let us not forget among other Vercingetorix. The remains of the fresh Gothic walls, although rare, are impressive for their rarity. What is not acceptable, if one wants to spread the culture and history is the price. Intolerable €10 when you're a family is much money (7 children that was not my case)
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  • Scientifically well maintained site. Much improved compared to the past. Interesting exhibits. It was possible to date the first lemon plant at European level. The price is worth the visit.
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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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