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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  • The original church on this site - said to be where the martyred Apostle Paul was laid to rest - was established in the early 4th century, by Constantine I. His successors, in the same century, Valent...  more »
  • This is one of the four major churches in Rome and, while "outside the walls," it is well worth the visit. (Easy to get to via the Metro stop with the same name.) The church is imposing in a way diffe...  more »
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  • This is a must stop any time we come to Rome. Fortunately this time they didn't have the courtyard polluted with a modern "art" display like they did last time. The columns, mosaics, and overall majesty of this Basilica is overwhelming, but to get to pray at St. Paul's tomb? To behold the chain which held him captive? It's absolutely essential to visit, and it's almost always very low in attendance compared to the other Basilicas in Rome.
  • This church is one of the biggest and the oldest in Rome. It was built far from the original Roman Walls. What I like about this church is the legend behind that. When you go inside you will see each pope from the first one to the latest one. If you pay attention you can see that there are some circles without faces. According to the legend when all the circles will be filled with a pope face there will be the apocalypse!
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