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 legend, the apostle Paul was buried.
On that spot the first Christians erected a sepulchral chapel, later transformed into a basilica by Constantine and consecrated by Pope Sylvester I in 324.
To enter the basilica you have two options: to the north through the Gregorian Portico, facing the Ildefonso Schuster Park or to the west from the "Quadriportico".
In it, surrounded by the large colonnade, the imposing statue of St. Paul, made of Carrara marble by Giuseppe Obici, will welcome you. Built on the burial place of Paul (originally Saul) of Tarsus, the basilica was destroyed by the fire of 1823 and rebuilt starting in 1826 thanks to the contributions of the faithful from all over the world.
The portico, which was built between 1890 and 1928 by Guglielmo Calderini on a project by Luigi Poletti, has a row of columns at the entrance, double on both sides and triple on the opposite side. The side walls are decorated with medallions depicting the twelve apostles and some disciples of St. Paul, while in the upper band the splendid nineteenth-century mosaics stand out, again by Luigi Poletti, author,among other things, of the bell tower and the portico on the northern side.
We visited this church about 25 years ago and we had a great desire to see it again after so many years through the eyes of older and more mature people.
There are no words to describe it. Maybe one : wonderful.
it is certainly one of the most beautiful buildings to see in Rome.
Elegant, imposing,shining and beautiful place to visit and to stay inside for some time.
Nice garden outside and gorgeous paintings inside.
We visited this church about 25 years ago and we had a great desire to see it again after so many years .
Splendid, it is certainly one of the most beautiful things to see in Rome.
Amazing construction. Elegant, imposing, shinning and beautiful place to visit and stay inside some time.
A church off the regular beaten path for tourists, but, definitely, well worth a visit.
It is impressive and massive, yet quiet.
A feast for the eyes.