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Abbazia di San Paolo Fuori Le Mura

Address: Via Ostiense,186, 00146 Rome, Italy (Ostiense)
Phone Number: +39 06 454 35 574
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Type: Religious sites, Landmarks & points of interest, Historic sites, Churches & cathedrals, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Begun in 1859 under the name of "Grace Church," this church has been...
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Type: Religious sites, Landmarks & points of interest, Historic sites, Churches & cathedrals, Sights & Landmarks
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 6:30 pm
Owner description: Begun in 1859 under the name of "Grace Church," this church has been designated as a National Monument by the Italian Government due to its artistic and aesthetic value.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

We caught the low cost Metro here without problems and as we walked to St Paul's beyond the Gates we observed the "non city" life. I was a bit stunned that no one stood up for the nuns travelling on the Metro. Cheap souvenirs, even cheap shoes are sold along the sidewalk in the "burbs". When we entered the impressive... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

The apse, the ceilings, the sheer beauty of this basilica is second to none. We had the chance to attend Mass here standing just a few meters from the tomb of the Apostle St. Paul, there are no words to describe this peaceful spiritual experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

I had not been here in many years, but recently found the church was even more magnificent than I remembered. It is absolutely enormous and awe-inspiring, but simpler than many of the other Roman area churches, which lends it a harmonious and peaceful feeling. Your attention goes to the spectacular apse mosaic of Christ and four saints. The ceiling is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Majestic size with enormous granite columns in the vast court. Inside it is almost empty but the ceilings are amazing, so is the mosaic work. Inside there is a crypt with two parallel staircases, going down to the sarcophagus. Remains of St Paul are buried here in a sealed sarcophagus. His hand cuffs are stored also here, those which were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

With its rich history and its symbolic meaning, the church holds a lot of importance and is also one of the most visited and important churches around in Rome. This is where St. Paul rests. But getting here requires you to travel a bit from the normal route but the extra mile is totally worth the effort as the sights... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Inside you feel the spirit of Christianity. The mark of St, paul is everywhere. The Tomgb of St.paul is making you to start crying. instant..... the emotions are incredible

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

If St. Peter's was meant to be marveled at up close, St. Paul's was probably intended to be... respected from a healthy distance. From its massive columns to its papal paintings, St. Peter's is massive, but St. Paul's has a more somber and quietly powerful atmosphere to it. It's a very fitting resting place for a man who was probably... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

Very big, makes a lot of impression and it is really worth to go there and see it. You can find the chains in which St. Paul was kept in capture. At the walls there are pictures of all of the popes, including the current Francesco.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Yet another amazing sight to see in Rome with so much history. If you are short on time I would recommend pushing Abbazia di San Paolo Fuori Le Mura to the top of your list.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

it is a little out of the way but this church offers a whole lot more than just being one of the main basillicas in Rome. They have artworks all around and the most important fact is that this also has the tomb of St. Paul. The views from up here are wonderful and then there is the visit to... More 

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