Basilica Papale San Paolo fuori le Mura, Rome

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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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  • Beautiful place where the remains of St Paul’s are. The place has a cafeteria, museum, underground Roman ruins Cardinal Harvey lives there 
    Beautiful place where the remains of St Paul’s are. The place has a cafeteria, museum, underground Roman ruins Cardinal Harvey lives there  more »
  • This is beautiful with a lovely garden and incredible pillars and marble floor. There is a cafe inside and one just outside. I had a coffee and sandwich inside and it was one of the worst I had plus....  more
    This is beautiful with a lovely garden and incredible pillars and marble floor. There is a cafe inside and one just outside. I had a coffee and sandwich inside and it was one of the worst I had plus....  more »
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  • This Basilica is far impressive than what I've seen in Italy. The mosaic and statues are simply breaktaking. The mere fact that Papa Francis and all the popes are not painted on but are in fact a mosaics. The Basilica is massive and the gardens in front is absolutely gorgeous. My family (24) was fortunate to have a private mass done for our family, as it was our last night in Italy. An appropriate way to end our Italian Family Adventure. The mass was held in the St. Benedict Chapel, in the nave of the Church. The staff and security made our visit welcoming and it was an honor to be recognized as their guests.
  • A hidden and free gem in Rome. It’s not in the city center but it definitely deserves your attention. Inside you can see more than 260 painted faces of all popes as well as a huge and dramatic room with many columns. It looks absolutely spectacular! I have never seen anything like that before.

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