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Abbey of St. Paul Outside the Walls, Rome

#15 of 520 in Historic Sites in Rome
World heritage site · Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Church
The World Heritage-listed Abbey of St. Paul Outside the Walls is a faithful reconstruction of the ancient church that burned down on this site in 1823. The medieval cloister escaped the devastating fire, and other parts of the original interior were rescued and restored over the years. The original church, built by Emperor Constantine, was erected over the burial site of St. Paul in a spot where his followers had created a memorial in his honor. The new church, following the plan of the old structure, took nearly a century to complete. The building is 132 m (432 ft) long, 65 m (213 ft) wide, and 30 m (97 ft) tall, making it the second-largest church in Rome. Farther away from the city center than other notable architectural sites, this church is often overlooked by tourists and is seldom crowded. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Abbey of St. Paul Outside the Walls and many more Rome attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Rome online trip planner.
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  • I visited it in June, entry was free and I honestly believe it's the most beautiful abbey I have ever seen. I really liked visiting it. I also had the chance to see a work of Raphael, one of my...  more »
  • this was amazing and we had a great time walking around the grounds And the building it was very impressive and was pleased to call there the price was very good  more »
  • Directly attached to the church with the same name you will love this cloister, the garden like strucure, and especially the wonderful columns. Every column seems to be unique. Enjoy the silence and the fresh air, two things that are not easy to get in Rome.
  • Interesting historical sight.

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