San Paolo Fuori Le Mura ~ Papal Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls
About San Paolo Fuori Le Mura
One of 4 Papal Basilicas, this Roman Catholic Church is owned by the Holy See, even though it is not within the Vatican State territory. Founded by Emperor Constantine I, the Basilica was built over the burial place of St. Paul. It was consecrated by Pope Sylvester in 324 AD. Between 386 and 937 AD, several additions and modifications were made to the Basilica by various Emperors and Popes. In July 1823, workers repairing the roof started a fire that nearly destroyed the building, however Pope Leo XII successfully sought donations for its reconstruction, and Pope Pius IX reopened the Basilica in 1840.
Address: Piazzale San Paolo, 1, 00146 Rome
Telephone: + 390669880800
Metro A – Basilica San Paolo Stop
Several buses stop along Via Ostiense.
Hours of Operation
7 am to 6:30 pm – Daily
Dress conservatively – thin strapped shirts and short shorts are prohibited. As an alternative, carry a scarf to cover your shoulders and legs while visiting the Basilica.
There are many vendors around Rome that sell cheap scarves.
Photography may not be permitted in some areas.
Food and drinks are prohibited.
Do not touch any works of art within the Basilica of St Paul, or the surrounding areas.