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Basilica Papale San Paolo Fuori le Mura
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St Peter and St Paul Basilica Walking Tour
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It is beautiful from the outside. There was a fair going on during my visit and we couldn’t find our way in. It is as beautiful as the many churches in Rome. Some good restaurants in the area and nice park.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I visited this St Paul Outside the Walls Basilica in May 2018. As other reviewers have said, this is a beautiful and magnificent church. There is quite a bit of history that can be observed/learned from visiting this church. You can see mosaic medallion portraits of every pope since St Peter which are placed around the top of the basilica (inside).

In 2006, Vatican archaeologists uncovered a sarcophagus below the main altar of St. Paul’s, believed to be the tomb of Paul. The stone was inscribed Paulo Apostolo Mart, Latin for “to Paul Apostle Martyr.” In 2009, Pope Benedict XVI announced that Vatican scientists had conducted carbon-14 dating tests on the skeletal remains inside the sarcophagus and confirmed that the bones date from from the late 1st or early 2nd century A.D, supporting that the remains could belong to Paul.

Before entering, we took some time to view the various items in the Portico that is in front of the basilica. There is a statue of St Paul holding a sword (represents how he died) and a book. There is one other statue which is of St Luke, the writer of the Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles. St Luke traveled with St Paul and was his physician (even while Paul was imprisoned in Rome).

The Facade of the church has an awe-inspiring mosaic with Jesus Christ at the top with St Peter and St Paul at his side. Below Jesus are four great prophets from the Old Testament: Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekial, and Daniel.

There are 3 large entrance doors. Each door includes reliefs that provide us with more history and stories of faith. On the right is the Pauline door was constructed in 2008 and depicts four scenes from the life of Paul. One of the reliefs shows Paul as a persecutor of Christians in his early life. a former persecutor. Another relief shows St Paul meeting Saint Peter and the apostles in Jerusalem. While a third relief depicts St Paul's beheading by a Roman soldier while an angel greets him holding a palm branch. The center door depicts major events in the lives of St Peter and St Paul.

Saint Paul’s is one of the four major Papal basilicas in Rome along with the basilicas of St. John Lateran, St. Mary Major, and St. Peter’s. It is the second largest, next to St. Peter’s.

If you have a chance, I recommend visiting ALL four major basilicas in Rome. May God bless you during your travels!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have visited many basilicas, cathedrals, churches in general, and this is by far one of my top 3. It is beautiful, serene, humbling and there are things here that you will not find in other basilicas (Like the windows). It is a little outside the historic center of Rome, but it is easily accessible from Metro B -- Basilica S. Paolo stop. It is not crowded and you do not need a skip-the-line ticket or a tour guide. Entering the Basilica is free, but I definitely recommend paying the 8 euro for the audioguide and for access to the Cloister, which has ornate columns that I have never seen elsewhere, as well as tombstones from the area. They did require a photo ID as collateral for the audioguide, but since I didn't have one, she kept a 20-euro bill until I returned the devices (they are trustworthy). It even kept my 12-year-old son interested. Since this is a religious site, keep your shoulders covered and wear clothing that covers to your knees (a courtesy in some locations; a requirement in others).

Thank daniellecaldwell01
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

St. Paul's Basilica is a beautiful basilica and much less crowded than some of the other more well traveled churches in Rome. With a Catholic pilgrimage going on during our visit there was a long line at the front, but we found a side entrance with no line at all so if you find yourself in a long line try walking around the left hand side of the basilica.

Thank Michael K
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Reviewed 12 June 2018

This basilica is breathtakingly beautiful and really off the beaten path. We received some background information from our driver with Shore Excursions of Italy on the way here, and toured the church on our own. It is shockingly gorgeous. Highly recommended.

Thank KD W
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