Ancient Rome

Mamertine Prison

Mamertine Prison

Mamertine Prison is an ancient prison, overlooking the Roman Forum. According to the popular belief, the Apostles St. Peter & St. Paul were incarcerated by Emperor Nero here.

Mamertine Prison in Rome, Italy. According with the legendary tradition that Saints Peter and Paul were imprisoned there.

Mamertine Prison in Rome, Italy. According with the legendary tradition that Saints Peter and Paul were imprisoned there.

Some of the famous people who died in that prison are Jugurthe King of Mauritania, Simon Bar Jioras, Vercingeyotix, the leader of the Gauls.

It was built originally as a cistern around 500 B.C. It was then believed to have a healing property and used to baptize prisoners & guards in the prison.

Le Carcer Tullianum - Illusturation by Jean Cloude Golvin .

Le Carcer Tullianum – Illusturation by Jean Cloude Golvin.

Inside the Mamertine Prison

Inside the Mamertine Prison

Mamertine Prison

Looking into the cell where Saint Peter was imprisoned.

The altar in the lower chamber, Mamertine Prison.

The altar in the lower chamber.

There are plaques on which names of the martyrs are listed. There is also an altar with the busts of the Apostles Peter & Paul who were incarcerated. It was decorated with an upside-down cross because St. Peter was crucified upside-down there in 64 A.D.

Plaque in Mamertine Prison - with the names of illustrious prisoners

Plaque in Mamertine Prison – with the names of illustrious prisoners who were locked up.

Twelve feet underground, there was a lower secret room of the jail. It was known as Tullianum, named after Servius Tullius who was the builder of it. It is said that executed. Executions were made either by strangulation or starving to death.

Dead bodies were dumped into Tiber Rive via the sewer.

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