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This is the name given from the Middle Agesto the ancient State Prison called Tullianum. The place is bound to the memory of St. Peter and Paul, but the tradition for them to be imprisoned here for nine months before escaping due to the jailers’ conversion seems to be without any foundation. The current travertine facade that covers the more ancient one made of tuff blocks presents a large inscription that bears the names of the consuls C. Vibius Rufinus and M. Cocceius Nerva. Internally a trapezoidal room communicates with a circular room below through a hole in the floor - that is no longer used and replaced by a modern ladder. This is really a terrifying place where the State prisoners were first confined and then strangled: this was the fate that was reserved among many others to Jugurtha and Vercingetorix. Regarded as sacred from the 15th century, the Mamertine Prison was consecrated to S. Peter in Carcere.
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Clivo Argentario 1, Rome
Winter time: 9.00 am - 5.00 pm (last admission 4.20 pm), daily; Summer time: 9.00 - 7.00 pm (last admission 6.20 pm), daily. Accompanied tours (max 25 persons per tour) leave every 20 minutes and last about 30 minutes. Audio guides in Italian, English, Spanish and French.
Adults: € 5,00 (accompanied tour with audioguide). Only entrance: € 3,00 (only entrance without audioguide). Free of charge: children under 6 years of age. Tickets can be purchased at the desk at the main entrance. Booking requested for groups (+10).
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