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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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  • I recently visited the Mamertine prison and with the card I made to enter it I also visited the Roman Forum through an access which is located a few meters from the Prison. Put the case, I don't think the cost is excessive. Returning to the site was made an excellent restoration and endowment in archaeological, historical information with competent and friendly guides on site. The post is powerfully evocative for those who know Roman history or those with Christian faith. I understand that to others it may seem very little compared to everything else that is in the surroundings.
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  • Definitely an interesting place, beneath the Capitol and near the hole, where once there were the servian walls within which ravines was obtained by digging into the stone. With 10 euros entrance is secured, but maybe it is excessive.
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  • It is a small place with a micro-Museum. In the background is what was for centuries a temporary jail or to important people. It is said that there was Saint Peter the apostle.
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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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