Route: THE PATRONS OF ROME. HISTORY OF PETER AND PAUL
Via Appia Antica, 161 www.archeoroma.beniculturali.it Always visible…
You are along the route: TRAVELLING TOWARDS ROME. IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ST. PAUL
Via Appia Antica, 161
Always visible on the outside. Open for visits every day. From the last Sunday of October to February 15th 9:00-16:30; from February 16th to March 15th 9:00-17:00; from March 16th to the last Saturday of March 9:00-17:30; from the last Sunday of March to August 31st 9:00-19:30; from September 1st to September 30th 9:00-19:00; from October 1st to the last Saturday of October 9:00-18:30. The ticket office closes one hour before closing time. Closed on 1st January, 1st May, and 25th December. Admission fee.
Close to the heart of the Urbe, Saint Paul could see the great shape of the tomb of Cecilia Metella already at distance.
This is the symbol of the via Appia antica and it was built during the 30es -20es B.C. This monumental tomb was made for a Roman noble woman and the still preserved inscription says that she was the daughter of the consul Quintus Cecilius Metellus, conqueror of Crete. The monument is formed by a squared basement and an imposing cylinder, crowned by a relief with a trophy of arms and a barbarian prisoner. It was surmounted by a earth tumulus covered with plants that today has disappeared.
Here Saint Paul is very close to the town and his history will be in a short time united with the one of Saint Peter’s. If you want to follow him inside the Urbe, you can follow the itinerary “The Patrons of Rome. History of Peter and Paul”.
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