Basilica Papale San Paolo fuori le Mura, Rome

#20 of 520 in Historic Sites in Rome
Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Church
Basilica Papale San Paolo fuori le Mura represents the second largest church in Rome and houses St. Paul's tomb below its crypt. As one of Rome's four ancient basilicas, this church was founded by Roman Emperor Constantine I in the 4th century--later emperors and popes continued to add to the building's structure. Today, visitors tour the building to see its Classical facade, colossal columns, the ancient and original apse and triumphal arch, and the Holy Door, a feature found in each of the four major basilicas. Be sure to check out the past popes' portraits hanging on the walls. Put Basilica Papale San Paolo fuori le Mura on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Rome online tour itinerary planner.
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  • Superb example of history in Rome of medieval basilica with some fine mosaics and beautiful columns; the saint to whom the basilica is dedicated  more »
  • Although it is outside the main tourist sites in Rome, it is easily reached via subway. The trickiest thing about getting there by subway is that the stop is way on the other side of the Cathedral...  more »
  • A holy and historic place of worship. A wonderful architectural works of art. A marvelous edifice. Very interesting to behold. I would like to visit again.
  • One of the four major basilicas of Rome, the location of this basilica marked the burial place of Saint Paul the Apostle. The saint's tomb is located beneath a marble tombstone in the basilica's crypt. The space here is simply magnificent. My visit here was one of the most memorable highlights from my vacation in Rome.

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