Rome: Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls

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The Papal Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls (Basilica Papale di San Paolo fuori le Mura) is one of four major papal basilicas in Rome. Although the New Testament book of Acts ends with St. Paul traveling to Rome for his trial, later Christian tradition mentions his execution and death. The original basilica on this site was built over what early generations of Christians identified as the burial place of Paul of Tarsus and was consecrated in the 4th century CE. The church was renovated numerous times over subsequent centuries. When it burned down in 1823 it was restored as closely as possible to the original and its later additions. For a more detailed history of the basilica, is a good resource. The photos in this collection were taken in May of 2017 by Dr. Beth M. Sheppard. Metadata cataloging was contributed by Shelley Rogers.


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