Monday, November 10, 2008

Itinerarium Paulinum: Carcere Mamertinum

"And thus we came to Rome. The brothers from there heard about us and came as far as the Forum of Appius and Three Taverns to meet us. On seeing them, Paul gave thanks to God and took courage. When he entered Rome, Paul was allowed to live by himself, with the soldier who was guarding him."

-- Acts 28, 13-15

(Photos by author from top: Descending the Roman road from the Capitoline hill to the prison tradition holds confined Paul and Peter before their martyrdoms, the entrance to the Mamertine prison, a memorial to Saint Peter within the prison, a tablet on the wall of the lower of two cells within the prison complex indicating the column which served to hold the prisoners, the altar in the prison which now is a chapel marking not only the place where the princes of the Apostles passed but the baptism in this place of many new Christians through the preaching of these same Apostles.)

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