Mamertine prison (Carcer Tullianum) | Turismo Roma
Live Rome, discover Rome
Tourist services and cultural offer
Your tailor-made trip

Social Block

You are here

Mamertine prison (Carcer Tullianum)

Carcere Mamertino

The Mamertine Prison or Carcer Tullianum, located at Clivo Argentario under the church of San Giuseppe dei Falegnami, near the Roman Forum, is the oldest prison in Rome, built by King Anco Marzio in the 7th century BC: according to tradition, the apostles Peter and Paul were locked up there before undergoing martyrdom.

According to sources, in the Mamertine Prison other historical figures were executed here by strangulation or beheading; among the best known, we remember Jugurta, king of Numidia, in 104 BC and Vercingetorix, king of the Gauls, in 46 BC.

The prison consists of two overlying rooms: the first, called Tullianum, which dates back to the Archaic age - 7th century BC. - was dug in the walls of the royal age around the Capitol. The Carcer, from the sixth century BC, consists of a room built in square work with large blocks of red and yellow tuff. It was renovated several times in the Republican period and at the beginning of the Empire, when a large travertine façade was built.

Around the eighth century AD both rooms were transformed into chapels and the place began to be called the Mamertine Prison.


POINT (12.4846 41.893361)

Monday to Sunday from 9.00 to 17.00

Email: -
06 698961- 06 69896375 - 06 69896379
Web site:
Web site:
Share Condividi


Carcere Mamertino (Carcer Tullianum), Clivo Argentario, 1
Clivo Argentario, 1
41° 53' 36.0996" N, 12° 29' 4.56" E


To find out about all accessibility services, visit the Rome accessible section.

Media gallery

Node Json Map Block

Interactive map

Choose events and services nearby