Prison linked to St Peter's last days
Published 25/06/2010 | 05:00
Archaeologists have discovered evidence to support the theory that St Peter was imprisoned in an underground dungeon by Nero before being crucified.
The Mamertine Prison, a dingy complex that now lies beneath a Renaissance church, has long been venerated as the place where the apostle was shackled before he was killed on the spot where the Vatican now stands.
It has been a place of Christian worship since medieval times, but after months of excavations, Italian archaeologists have found frescoes and other evidence indicating that it was associated with St Peter in the 7th Century.
Archaeologist Patrizia Fortini said the prison had been converted to a place of worship in the 7th Century, or earlier. (© Daily Telegraph, London)