Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls – What you need to know
The Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls is one of four Papal basilicas in Rome, the second largest after that of San Pietro in Vaticano (St Peter’s in the Vatican).
It was built on the burial site of St Paul, about 3 km away from “Tre Fontane” where the apostle was decapitated and made a martyr. After undergoing various structural changes, the tomb of the saint is now situated under the main altar.
The Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls became a site for the Jubilee year in 1300 and a famous pilgrimage destination. The entire structure has been greatly enhanced and decorated over the centuries. The interior of this splendid basilica now comprises 5 naves divided by 80 columns and a graceful lacunar ceiling. To be admired is the detail of the mosaics representing all the Popes. The green portico with 150 columns was only added in 1928. The cloister, instead, is a masterpiece dating back to the 12th century and features various architectural relics of the old basilica.
Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls at a Glance
Opening hours: From 7:00 am to 6:30 pm
Directions: Piazzale San Paolo, 1
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