Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls (Basilica di San Paolo Fuori le Mura)
Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls (Basilica di San Paolo Fuori le Mura)

Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls (Basilica di San Paolo Fuori le Mura)

Piazzale San Paolo 1, Rome, 00146

The Basics

As a papal basilica, St. Paul Outside the Walls belongs to the Vatican—though is not located within the confines of Vatican City—and plays an important role in Catholic jubilee celebrations. In addition to the 19th-century church with its magnificent Gothic baldachin by Arnolfo di Cambio, the complex has a beautiful 13th-century Romanesque cloister built by the Vassalletto family, and an art gallery with some of the works that once decorated the basilica.

The Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls is a highlight of guided tours of Rome’s major basilicas and early-Christian holy sites, along with St. Peter’s Basilica, Saint John Lateran, and Santa Maria Maggiore.

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St Peter and St Paul Basilica Walking Tour in Rome
St Peter and St Paul Basilica Walking Tour in Rome
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Bible Comes to Life!
Tom was fantastic in his knowledge and application of Biblical history and present-day archaeology. He helped us with recommendations and transport, even given a busy tour day and appointments that evening. Seeing the very spots where our favorites walked and gave their lives so that all might know the hope that lies in Christ was a privilege we'll never take for granted. To even have a tour of this nature in 2019 is a blessing itself.
MICHAEL_B, Jun 2019

Things to Know Before You Go

  • If taking a Christian Rome walking tour, wear comfortable shoes and sun protection, as there is a lot of ground to cover.

  • Catholic churches have a strict dress code, so wear clothing that covers knees and shoulders.

  • Photography without flash is permitted inside the church.

  • The basilica, cloister, and art gallery are fully accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.

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How to Get There

Rome’s Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls is located on Via Ostiense, just a short walk from the San Paolo Basilica stop on metro line B.

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When to Get There

St. Paul Outside the Walls is one of Italy’s most important Catholic churches, and attracts the most visitors around Easter and Christmas, and on jubilee years.

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Papal Portraits

Above the arches that divide the naves at Saint Paul Outside the Walls, there is a row of mosaic medallions depicting each pope from Saint Peter to Pope Francis—the only portrait illuminated, which signifies Francis’ role as the current leader of the Catholic Church.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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