(Rome, Italy)—Archaeologists have discovered evidence supporting the theory that the Apostle Peter was imprisoned in an underground dungeon by Nero before being crucified.
As reported by The Daily Mail, the Mamertine Prison, "a dingy complex that now lies beneath a Renaissance church"—St. Joseph of the Carpenters—"has long been venerated as the place where the apostle was shackled before he was killed on the spot where the Vatican now stands."
Both Peter and Paul were said to have been imprisoned in the jail by the Emperor Nero, and legend has it that they caused "an underground spring to miraculously rise up from the ground so that they could baptize their guards and fellow prisoners."
According to the report, "The hellish prison in which the founder of the Roman Church supposedly spent his final days consisted of two levels of cells, one on top of each other. The lower cell could only be reached through a hole in its roof and was purportedly where the Romans imprisoned their most formidable enemies, including the Gaulish chieftain, Vercingetorix, who had fought against Caesar in 52BC."
Teresa Neumann (June 29, 2010)