Basilica Papale San Paolo Fuori le Mura

Basilica Papale San Paolo Fuori le Mura, Rome

Basilica Papale San Paolo Fuori le Mura

Basilica Papale San Paolo Fuori le Mura
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Historic Sites • Religious Sites • Churches & Cathedrals
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7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
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Neighborhood: Ostiense
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  • Basilica S. Paolo • 5 min walk
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MarcusHurley
Bristol, UK8,395 contributions
Feb 2022
I didn't even register that St Paul was buried in Rome too but we stopped at his church and had a good look around. The interior was massive and freshly rebuilt after the late nineteenth century fire. We paid the €4 for the optional tour of the cloisters and archeological area and that was well worth it. The cloisters were a beautiful design and very peaceful and the archeological area had all the old bits they'd found I think, mostly fragments but some beautiful classical sculptures too and some lovely early medieval wall paintings.
Written February 7, 2022
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SpaceTruckker
Greenwich, CT25 contributions
Aug 2019
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 and you need to walk around the perimeter to access the check point and entrance. Breathtaking and beautiful inside - it rivals St. Peter's in scale but with far less crowds. It is definitely a must see attraction. While there visit the gift shop where they sell their own brand of lotions and oils and other botanicals. There is also a nice little restaurant on site where you can sit and eat and relax at very reasonable prices.
Written July 13, 2020
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ugyved
Palm Beach, FL225 contributions
Jan 2020
This edifice has something in common with Notre Dame in Paris in that both sustained tremendous fires. They did not try and salvage this basillica. Instead they rebuilt it as it generally was based on photos. Took 100 years to complete and today you have a fabulous basiiica which houses the crypt containing the body of ST. a Paul.
Written January 4, 2020
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rosannt2016
67 contributions
Oct 2019
Outside the historic centre but so thoroughly worth the visit.
The outside is peaceful, tranquil, perfect for reflection. The inside tends to be as artistically glorious as all other Italian churches but no less characteristic.
The Holy door I find to be incredibly beautiful.
Written May 25, 2020
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Malgorzata
11,183 contributions
May 2019
At the beginning of the 4th century, Constantine the Great built a basilica above the tomb of St. Paul, which was located on Via Ostiense , about 2 km behind the walls of Aureliana surrounding Rome. Saint Basilica St. Paul Outside the Walls was consecrated by Pope Sylwester I in 324. For me, one of the most beautiful basilicas in all of Rome. Away from the center, but it is worth going .Because it is out of the way there are no crowds of visitors. It is mostly a nineteenth century reconstruction of the original building that suffered a fire, but it is definitely worth visiting the place dedicated to St. Paul. And it's really beautiful.
Written February 25, 2020
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LittleDan500
Liverpool, UK249 contributions
May 2022
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 the service wasn't pleasant. Try the one outside of it, near the rear of the entrance if you want to eat.

It's over an hour walk from the centre of Rome so bear that in mind if you are walking in extreme heat. There is a pyramid on the way if you decide to walk and it's worth a quick look of it from outside.
Written June 3, 2022
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Edwelsh
North Canton, OH4,386 contributions
Jul 2019 • Friends
This was the fourth and last of the major Papal Basilicas we saw while in Rome. It was certainly a highlight. Beautiful grounds and entrance area with an outstanding statue of St Paul carrying a sword. Inside is a massive beautiful church with unending columns. The main dome is amazing with a total gold background. And of course it contains Tomb of St Paul.
Written July 21, 2019
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Manuela L
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg7,086 contributions
Dec 2020
Superb example of history in Rome of medieval basilica with some fine mosaics and beautiful columns; the saint to whom the basilica is dedicated
Written April 13, 2021
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Santorin3
Guangzhou, China481 contributions
Oct 2019
Basilica is a little far from Central Rome but easily accessed by Metro Line A. First view of St Paul is the massive statue in the Portico in from of the main entrance. Entering, one is impressed even more by the scale and beauty of the Atrium. After viewing St Paul's Sarcophagus under the altar, the Easter Candle, etc, we attended the 5 pm Mass in the Chapel of Blessed Sacrament. The famous Mosaic of Madonna and Child is on one side of the altar. It is associated with the founding of the Jesuit Order by St Ignatius of Loyola in the mid-16th century. A memorable visit to one of the top 4 basilicas in Rome!
Written October 16, 2019
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Monika P
Warszawa, Poland39 contributions
Aug 2019
Rome offers so wide range of sights to visit that we almost missed this place. A bit aside (in reality great connection by metro line B), but really MUST SEE. Beautifull, with only few tourists even in August, one can conteplate the beauty of interiors, count popes, see all their portaits,see beautiful mosaics. I do regret I saw this place only on my 4th visit to Rome! Don't do the same mistake!
Written September 25, 2019
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