Basilica Papale San Paolo fuori le Mura

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One of Rome's ancient Papal basilicas, in a quiet area outside the Vatican but owned by the Holy See.

Know Before You Go

The apse mosaic by Pietro Cavallini is the main highlight, also the tabernacle and the cloisters. This basilica is well worth the metro trip and as it is quieter you have time to look around with ease.
If mass is on at the time of your visit you may not be able to walk around freely.
A few stops from the Colosseum on the metro it is worth the tour.
Children may enjoy this sight with the gardens and cloisters there is plenty to see.
Dress Code : Modest dress recommended. Cover your shoulders and knees, and you must wear shoes.

Basilica Papale San Paolo fuori le Mura is St. Paul Outside the Walls, it is one of the city's four ancient major Papal basilicas. Unlike many of the others this basilica is in Rome and not Vatican City, however, it is still owned by the Holy See. The beautiful facade is truly awe-inspiring, it is a little quieter than some of the other Papal Basilicas but this only adds to its appeal.


The interior is breathtaking and the cloisters of the monastery of San Paolo fuori le mura are wonderful to walk through. You can transport yourself back centuries and take in the majesty of this wonderful structure. The domed ceiling is a sight to behold with the Apse mosaic dating back to 1220 it has vibrant depictions of the Apostles Peter, Paul, Andrew and Luke.

Key Highlights

The interior is breathtaking and the cloisters of the monastery of San Paolo fuori le mura are wonderful to walk through. You can transport yourself back centuries and take in the majesty of this wonderful structure. The domed ceiling is a sight to behold with the Apse mosaic dating back to 1220 it has vibrant depictions of the Apostles Peter, Paul, Andrew and Luke.

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