"Carcere Mamertino" Mamertine Prison - Carcere Mamertino Tip by Julius_Caesar


The Carcere Mamertino was Rome?s first prison, built in the 7th century B.C. According to legend, it was here where St. Peter was imprisoned. The lower cell, the Tullianum, was used for executions and bodies were thrown into the adjacent main sewer (the Cloaca Maxima). Among the enemies of Rome to be executed here was the Gaulish leader Vergincetorix, defeated by Julius Caesar in 52 B.C. and kept prisoner for seven years. A little donation is expected in order the visit the prison.

Address: Via Clivo Argentario, 1
Directions: Clivo Argentario, near the western entrance of the Forum.
Phone: 06 6992 4652

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  • Written Feb 12, 2005
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