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.
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.
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.
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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