Trip Planner:   Europe  /  Italy  /  Lazio  /  Rome  /  Historic Sites  /  St. Paul's Within The Walls
St. Paul's Within The Walls, Rome
(4.3/5 based on 120+ reviews on the web)
St Paul's Within the Walls, also known as the American Church in Rome, is a church of the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe on Via Nazionale in Castro Pretorio, Rome. It was the first Protestant church to be built in Rome. Designed by English architect George Edmund Street in Gothic Revival style, it was built in polychrome brick and stone, and completed in 1880.The church contains mosaics which are the largest works of the English Pre-Raphaelite artist Edward Burne-Jones.ConstructionBuilding a Protestant church in Rome became possible after the Kingdom of Italy's Capture of Rome from the Papacy in 1870.The Episcopal expatriate congregation in Rome commissioned Street in 1872. The cornerstone was laid in 1876, and the church was completed in 1880.MosaicsStreet approached Burne-Jones in 1881, but died the same year. The congregation's rector, Robert J. Nevin, travelled to England to confirm and expand the commission. Burne-Jones was eager to emulate the mosaics of Ravenna, which he had visited in 1873.Burne-Jones designed cartoons which he sent to Venice, together with specifications for the colours to be used. The Venice and Murano Glass and Mosaic Company mounted tesserae onto the cartoons, and the resulting assemblies were then installed in the church. The selection of colours, based on sample tiles sent to England by the company, was a collaboration between Burne-Jones and William Morris. Burne-Jones did not travel to Italy to supervise the work, instead sending his assistant, Thomas Rooke.
Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to St. Paul's Within The Walls by using our Rome vacation route planner.
Source
Create a full Rome itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Rome

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Rome by other users

10 days in Rome BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: June, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 21 days in Europe BY A USER FROM MALI June, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 16 days in Italy BY A USER FROM INDIA May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 18 days in Rome BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 12 days in Rome BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 22 days in Europe BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Europe BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Rome BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM December, culture, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Rome BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM December, culture, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Rome BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM December, culture, romantic, historic sites, museums, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, romantic, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 3 days in Rome BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM December, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, museums, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 3 days in Rome BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM December, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • We went to all three different presentations during out visit to Rome and enjoyed every one of them. We stumbled on it by accident and wandered in. We enjoyed the first night so much that we came back...  more »
  • We got the front row seats and were not disappointed. We all really enjoyed the performance and felt the variety of familiar songs and length of time overall added to our enjoyment. 
  • This Episcopal church is a great find on the Via Napoli. The outside does not look like a typical Roman church so, curious, we walked in. What glorious Byzantine frescoes greeted us. The entire Sancta...  more »
Google
  • A small English speaking service on Sunday. Faithfully providing a Protestant service in the heart of Catholicism.
  • Wonderful and unique looking church in a city with so many.
  • Just beyond the church's small courtyard, on Via Nazionale, the auto traffic roars and crowds march along the not-over-wide sidewalk. Somehow this place seems insulated from all that. It's Medieval-looking interior, striped inner walls matching its outside tower, isn't as tricked out as the countless Catholic churches in Rome. This is a place Episcopalians put up in the 1870s, and they kept things comparatively on the down-low. Frequently used for musical performances, which are generally quite good. Not really a destination site, but worth a stop if there's music playing.
  • must see in rome. Go to the top of Dom. Have a great view of the city.
  • Well known as American Church in Rome, the first Protestant church to be built in Rome, it's simply amazing!!!!