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St Paul's Outside the Walls Basilica

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St Paul's Outside the Walls Basilica
700 AD
Free Admission
Average visit time
45 minutes
Viale di San Paolo, 00146 Rome RM
Hours of operation
Phone: 065430341
Website: http://www.basilicasanpaolo.org/


St Paul's Outside the Walls Basilica is one of the four Papal Basilicas and is the second largest after St Peter's Basilica. It stands on the site that tradition identifies as the tomb of the Apostle Paul (about 3 km from the site - called "Three Fountains" - where he was martyred and beheaded) which is located five feet under the main altar. The reconstruction of Saint Paul's Outside the Walls Basilica was commissioned by Pope Leo XII in the encyclical Ad Plurimas. The construction, directed by the architect Pasquale Belli, began with the demolition of the Arch of Galla Placidia and the reintegration of the quadrangle. The basilica was consecrated by Pope Pius IX September 10, 1854, in the presence of a large number of cardinals and bishops. At the center of the courtyard of the basilica there is a statue of St Paul, made of Carrara marble by Giuseppe Obici. The side walls are decorated with medallions depicting the symbols of the apostles and disciples from Sao Paulo. The church has a Latin cross and is divided into five aisles. Inside you can admire the beautiful mosaics and paintings depicting religious scenes and the floor made entirely of marble. Over the centuries the Basilica has been a place of pilgrimage since 1300, the date of the first Holy Year. The St Paul's Outside the Walls Basilica is part of the Jubilee route to gain indulgence and the rite of the Holy Door is celebrated here.


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