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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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  • Very large Basilica that is in fact attached to Vatican but located in Roman territory outside the Vatican walls like an island. Then at the souvenir shop of that place they have a mail box but you... 
    Very large Basilica that is in fact attached to Vatican but located in Roman territory outside the Vatican walls like an island. Then at the souvenir shop of that place they have a mail box but you...  more »
  • With its imposing structure, the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls is one of the four basilicas of Rome, the largest after that one of St. Peter: it stands on the site where, according to... 
    With its imposing structure, the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls is one of the four basilicas of Rome, the largest after that one of St. Peter: it stands on the site where, according to...  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.
  • Imposing and gorgeous Basilica, with a lovely garden, big gift shop (best I've seen in all sights in Rome) and bar, everything in immaculate condition and extremely shiny and looked after. I could feel the sacredness of the place, immerse in centuries of history and the many materials and works of art which are there. I truly enjoyed the visit, especially because there wasn't the usual horde of tourists, the church being outside the city center, and read the panels which explain this and that at my own pace, while taking a lot of pictures. The entry is free (strangely, there was a coin operated turnstile to enter the older part beneath, but the walls and structures are visible from up as well) and I would highly recommend going when in Rome.

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