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Overview

Highlights

  • Learn the fascinating history of St. Paul's Basilica Outside the Walls and explore the magnificent Cloisters, the Pinacoteca and the Archaeological Area
  • See the largest basilica in Rome after St. Peter’s, originally founded by Emperor Constantine in the 4th century, and visit the burial tomb of St. Paul in the Archeological Area
  • Learn about the life of a monk when you visit the Benedictine Monastery Cloisters, considered to be among the most beautiful in the world

Description

St. Paul Outside the Walls is the second-largest basilica in Rome (after St. Peter’s). The original burned down in the 19th century, but many of its treasures survived: the 5th-century triumphal arch, the Gothic marble tabernacle shimmering over the high altar, and the nearby Benedictine Abbey.

Get the full experience of this remarkable cultural site and explore the Cloisters of the Benedictine Abbey, the Archaeological Area (including the tomb of St. Paul), and the Pinacoteca painting gallery.

A lot of what stands on the site of this incredible basilica is a 19th-century reconstruction – the original was destroyed by fire in 1823. Spare a thought for the poor workman who was repairing the lead on the roof of the 4th-century church and caused the damage!

Luckily the current church is a faithful reconstruction of the original, and many of the original ancient treasures survive today. Keep an eye out for the 12th-century Romanesque Paschal candlestick with its weird animal-like creatures, literally designed to put the fear of God into worshipers.

Speaking of fear, under the windows of the nave is a cycle of papal portraits: every pope since St. Peter is represented. Legend has it that when there's no more room to add a pope, the world will end... In the meantime, you can explore the elegant cloister of the adjoining monastery, thought to be one of the world's most beautiful, with columns inlaid with golden mosaics and stained glass.

This ticket also grants you access to the basilica's archeological area – where St. Paul himself was laid to rest – and the Pinacoteca (painting gallery). It might be slightly off the beaten track, but this cultural treasure is as spectacular as anything inside the walls of Rome.

Insider tip

The basilica of St. Paul's is surrounded by a beautiful park. After your visit to the church take a stroll and relax. You can also get a Gelato at La Romana, the best ice cream in town!

Paolo
Regional Manager

Ticket

What's included

Access to Saint Paul's Basilica (free entrance)
Access to The Cloister, The Pinacoteca and The Archaeological Area
Additional info

Getting There:

From Termini Station, take the metro line B toward Laurentina and get off at San Paolo Basilica.

Amendment policy

  • Changes are not possible for this ticket

Instructions

After the security checks, go through the main entrance. On the left side of the Colonnade you'll find the Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi stand where you need to show your tickets.

Venue

Opening hours

St. Paul's Basilica
Tuesday 07:00 - 18:30
Wednesday 07:00 - 18:30
Thursday 07:00 - 18:30
Friday 07:00 - 18:30
Saturday 07:00 - 18:30
Sunday 07:00 - 18:30
Monday 07:00 - 18:30
Cloister, Pinacoteca, A. Area
Tuesday 09:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 18:00
Thursday 09:00 - 18:00
Friday 09:00 - 18:00
Saturday 09:00 - 18:00
Sunday 09:00 - 18:00
Monday 09:00 - 18:00

How to get there

Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls
1,Piazzale San Paolo, 00146, Rome
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Ratings & reviews

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I
May 28, 2018
Good
Mooie grote kerk, niet zo druk en toeristisch. zeker een aanrader.
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Mar 12, 2018
Excellent
Het was prachtig
B
Nov 1, 2017
Excellent
Excelente

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