In the centre of Christianity with St. Paul, the Apostle

Apostle of gentiles - the biggest missionary of all times

Saint Paul's Basilica, with its impressive byzantine structure, is the biggest patriarchal Basilica in Rome after Saint Peter's in the Vatican.  Rising in the first centuries of Christianity where Saint Paul was buried, when in 313 the Imperor Constantine announced the "Edict of Milan" that put an end to the persecution of christians, giving them the freedom to practice their religion and favouring the constrution of places of worship.

The place of Saint Paul's martyrdom, destination of pilgrimages from the first century, was monumentalized by the construction of a small Basilica. The only part of which is conserved today is the arch of the apse. It would have been a small building probably made of 3 naves and would have housed Paul's tomb in the vicinity of the apse, adorned by a decorated cross.

The byzantine Church became too small to welcome the influx of pilgrims and it was believed necessary to demolish it in favour of constructing one that was much larger, which changed its orientation from west to east.

Proving their love for the church,  the popes never stopped restoring nor adding frescoes, mosaics, paintings and chapels to it over the centuries.

Pope Saint Leo the Great (440-461) covered the Arch of Triumph with mosaics, restoring the roof and commissioning the famous series of papal portraits that run around the entablature of the nave and transept.

The Church today is a result of profound restoration works: in 1823 a ferocious fire destroyed most of the old Basilica. Only the transept, the Arch of Triumph, part of the old facade and the Cloister from the ancient and glorious structure remained intact.

The new Church was consecrated in 1854 during the Potificate of Pio IX.

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Our proposals

Discovering the Basilica of Saint Paul outside the Walls with multilingual audio guide.

 

Multilingual audioguide for Saint Paul outside the Walls​

Individual adult rate

€ 5,00

The quote includes: Roma Cristiana Welcome with entrance to the Basilica and multilingual audioguide.

 

Multilingual audioguide for St. Paul's Basilica+Cloister+entrance to the Pinacoteca and Archeological Site

Individual adult rate

€ 8,00

The quote includes: Roma Cristiana Welcome with entrance to the Basilica, the Cloister, with multilingual audioguide and entrance to the Pinacoteca and archeological site

 

Entrance to the Cloister, Pinacoteca and to the archaeological site without audioguide​

Individual adult rate

€ 4,00

The quote includes: Roma Cristiana Welcome with entrance to the Cloister, Pinacoteca and to the archeological site

 

Children up to 5 are free

Free for disabled  

 

Informations about the audioguide

Languages: ITA/ENG/SPA/GER

Audioguide for Visually Impaired People only in Italian language.

Collection audio guide: everyday open from 9am to 5.30pm

 

 

Guided Tour

It is possible to book a guided tour of the Basilica, the Cloister, Pinacoteca and Archaelogical Site.

Guide fare

€ 150,00 (max 50 people)

Reduced ticket to Cloister

€     3,00 per person

Headsets* 

€     1,50 per person

*Headsets are required to respect the silence of the Sacred places and are obligatory for groups over 10 people.

 

Informations about the guided tour

Avilable languages: ITA/ENG/ESP/GER/FRA

Guided tours timetable: Everyday from 9am to 4:30pm

For reservation: email romacristiana@orpnet.org 

 

Opening times:

Basilica: everyday open from 7am to 6:30pm

Cloister, Pinacoteca, Archeological Site: everyday open from 7am to 6:30pm

Meeting Point: ORP desk located in the Quadriportico of the Basilica (Piazzale San Paolo 1, Roma)

 

HOW TO GET

From Termini Station
Metro Line B, direction "Laurentina", stop "Basilica San Paolo", and then 3 minutes on foot.

By Metro
Line B, direction "Laurentina" and then 3 minutes on foot.

By Bus
Bus n° 23, direction "Pincherle/Parravano", stop "Ostiense/LGT S. Paolo"

 

St. Peter's Office
Palazzo dei Propilei

Piazza Pio XII, 9 (Piazza San Pietro) - 00193 Roma

Opening to public

From Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm
Sunday from 9am to 4pm

Special Openings 

24 December 2016 9am - 4pm
25 December 2016 9am - 1pm
26 December 2016 9am - 4pm
31 December 2016 9am - 4pm
01 January  2017  11am - 4pm

Call an operator

+39 06 69896.1

From Monday to Friday

9.00 - 18.00

 

 

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