Memtine Prison is one the gloomiest and creepiest places in the Ancient
Rome. Unlike other structure it is located underneath the Forum
and below church of San Giuseppe dei Falegnami.
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At the time known as Tullianum it is a former cistern that was dried to make
room for the prisoners. Its connection to the main sewer or
cloaca maxima was not cut so all the bodies of executed
people were simply dumped with a flow. There was no reason or
need for a burial. It was here that brave Gaulish leader
Vercingetorix met his end in 52 BC after being defeated and
captured by Julius Caesar.
It is also here that Apostle Peter was arrested and kept. It is
said that he opened a spring in the prison floor that he used to
baptize his prison guards. Turned cross you will see here is a
reference to this apostle since he was crucified upside down.