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Basilica of St. Paul outside the Walls Rome

Sacred destination in Rome - St. Paul outside the walls - Roman basilicas - Rome sightseeing tours

The Papal Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls (San Paolo Fuori le Mura Basilica) is one of the four Major Basilicas of Rome.
Others are Saint Peter's (San Pietro), St. Mary Major (S. Maria Maggiore) and St. John in the Lateran (San Giovanni in Laterano) .
This is the second largest Basilica after St. Peter’s and it’s an important site for pilgrims in Rome.
The Church stand along Via Ostiense, in the place where Early Christians builded a Chapel in the burial place of the Apostle Paul. The sepulchral chapel was turned into a basilica by Costantine.
Lots of important italian artists worked at the Basilica over the centuries, enriching this place with wondeful works of art, as Arnolfo di Cambio, Benozzo Gozzoli, Carlo Maderno and the young Borromini.
On August 1823 the basilica was nearly destroyed by a fire, so Pope Leo XII decided to rebuild the temple completely and Pasquale Belli was assigned the task of doing the works. He rebuilt the church as it looks today (1825-1854), following  the plan of the ancient basilica. The upper order of the facade, as we can see today, has been decorated with colored nineteenth century mosaics by Luigi Poletti.
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