The Porta San Paolo, a gate in the 3rd-century Aurelian Walls, is named after Saint Paul, who is buried under the Basilica di San Paolo fuori le Mura (St Paul Outside the Walls), which lies about a mile away to the south.
The original name of the gate was Porta Ostiensis, as it is located at the beginning of the ancient Via Ostiense, the road that led to the port at Ostia, 15 kilometres away.
The Porta San Paolo is home to a small museum, the Museo della Via Ostiense, which illustrates the history of Via Ostiense, once one of the most important thoroughfares in the ancient world.
Next to Porta San Paolo stands the much older Pyramid of Gaius Cestius.
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