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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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  • 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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  • This site holds special interest for Christians. Entering the chamber where Paul was possibly imprisoned was a highlight of my trip to Rome. If you're not interested for those reasons, you may not be ...  read more »
  • They say that this is the oldest prison in the world. Is in the central area of the city, near the Capitol and the Roman Forum. Is famous for having imprisoned the Apostles Peter and Paul.
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  • For something that costs 3 euro, it is nothing more than a tourist trap and a sight that you see so you can say you've seen it. Two small rooms and a "brochure" that is one sheet of paper in a plastic sleeve. Save your time and money and just read about it on the Internet and look at pictures online. Not even worth the three euros.
  • The  (Italian Carcere Mamertino), in antiquity the , was a prison (carcer) 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 (record house) was a flight of stairs leading to the Arx of the Capitoline known as the Gemonian stairs.
  • The Mamertine Prison (a.k.a. Carcere Mamertino or San Pietro in Carcare) is an ancient prison at the foot of the Capitoline Hill in Rome. The Mamertine Prison consists of two gloomy underground cells where Rome's vanquished enemies were imprisoned and usually died, of either starvation or strangulation. Famous prisoners here include the Goth Jugurtha, the indomitable Gaul Vercingetorix and, according to legend, St. Peter. There is no archaeological evidence or early written account that Peter was here, but the legend had taken root by the 5th century and the prison attracted early pilgrims. It remains a pilgrimage site today and a church, San Giuseppe dei Falegnami, now stands over the prison.
  • Some kind of a tourist trap, you are attracted with the idea of seeing the only prison in ancient Rome, presented in a "multimedia" experience, but you only get to see 2 small rooms, with no explanations whatsoever. Literally 2 small rooms, and that's it. It's true that 3 euros is not much, bot for a 30 seconds experience?.. And the multimedia experience costs extra, of course. Big disappointment.
  • Not indispensable a visit here, but still recommended
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