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Porta San Paolo, Rome

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The Porta San Paolo is one of the southern gates in the 3rd-century Aurelian Walls of Rome, Italy. The Via Ostiense Museum is housed within the gatehouse. It is in the Ostiense quarter; just to the west is the Pyramid of Cestius, an Egyptian-style pyramid, and beyond that is the Protestant Cemetery.HistoryThe original name of the gate was Porta Ostiensis, because it was located of the beginning of via Ostiense, the road that connected Rome and Ostia where functioned as its main gate. Via Ostiense was an important arterial road, as evidenced by the fact that upon entering the gate of the same name, the road split, with one direction leading to the famous Emporium, the great market of Rome.The gatehouse is flanked by two cylindrical towers, and has two entrances, which had been covered by a second, single-opening gate, built in front of the first by the Byzantine general Belisarius (530s–540s).The structure is due to Maxentius, in the 4th century, but the two towers were heightened by Honorius. Its original — Latin — name was Porta Ostiensis, since it opened on the way to Ostia. Later, it was renamed to the Italian Porta San Paolo, because it was the exit of Rome that led to the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls.
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  • Near the Pyramid of Rome you can observe this beautiful door perfectly preserved with two towers and the attached door. Really beautiful, it's worth seeing. Remarkable indeed!
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  • Built between 271 and 275 A.D., the Aurelian Walls enclosed all the seven hills of Rome to defend against the Barbarians. These walls were built by Roman Emperors Aurelian and Probus. The full circuit...  more »
  • At the time of the walled cities, this was one of the entrances to Rome. You will find it very close to the Pyramid of Caio Cestio and you can reach it by Metro line B "Pyramid station"
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  • Its a historical place, when you talk about Rome, we talking around 2000 years of history or more. this place its really particularly for the history and the facts the it's next to the train station Ostiense, that take you to Ostia Lido to the beach..and around you have so many buses to go all around Rome, at the station you can buy tickets for a single ride, 24 hour ride a week, the same ticket can be use for the subway, metropolitana, too, enjoy have a great vacation
  • With a nearby pyramid of Caius Cestius, makes a great photo scenery.
  • Nice historical landmark next to the Piramid and not far from city center
  • Wow - the pyramid together with this monument is an incredible revelation to me. I did not believe that there might be something like this in Rome. If you want to have nice photos of this mess, I definitely recommend it either in the morning or in the evening. It's a nice walk from the spa.
  • Good prices n quality pizzas coffee shops clothing
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