Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano, Rome

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The official ecclesiastical seat of the pope, Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano is the oldest church in the city. Commissioned by Emperor Constantine, the church was consecrated in the year 324 CE, the first Christian structure to be completed in the city. Though massively renovated over the years, the interior owes much of its current appearance to Francesco Borromini, a prominent Baroque architect. The building's most notable features are the gilded ceiling, a 15th-century mosaic floor, and a central nave lined by 5 m (16 ft) high statues of the apostles. Over the papal altar, you can find a baldachin--an ornamental structure resembling a canopy--that contains the relics of the heads of saints Peter and Paul. The monument to Pope Sylvester II is rumored to have sweated and squeaked on numerous occasions when the death of a pope was imminent. Work out when and for how long to visit Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano and other Rome attractions using our handy Rome trip planner.
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  • The ticket seller in the Basilica, was very nice and knowledgeable. She spoke German and explained everything exactly. The chapel of Santa Sanctorum, exerts a special rest even for a not very faithful people. The baptistery is originally from the time of Constantine. The Obelisk is being the highest in Rome. The Basilica itself is very nice, with the 12 Apostles in the niches. There are Pabstgräber and relics of Paul and Peter. As well as an a great cloister.
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  • Registered Office 10 Popes before settled in Vatican City, the breathtaking Interior, monumental statues of evangelists, right across from the small church across the road, where they are installed, sv. stairs, after which the Lord Jesus walked after the floggings to conviction to Pilate-only after kľačiačky, then go to the Basilica of San Climente
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  • This Basilica is the main Cathedral of the city which the Pope is Bishop. The entrance is monumental, several chapels, the Papal altar, or only the Pope can say mass. very beautiful decorations. On the site you can see an an Egyptian obelisk of the XVᵉ century.
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  • The Cathedral of St John Lateran has some of the most amazing paintings and the murals reach right up to the domed ceiling. The statues inside are also impeccable. The volume of the space in the entrance hall marbled out from wall to wall makes it an impressive space for great pictures. The light shining through the dome above the alter plays on the walls and paintings making it stand out. The way that the paintings and statues are placed on the domed ceiling makes one feel as if the church is suspended by heaven.
  • To be honest, it's difficult not to rank this church with something different than 5 stars. Free entrance, incredible jewel of a building in terms of architecture, history, decoration, size, atmosphere. The cloister also looks wonderful but no time to visit it and also need to take your wallet out of your pocket. Fantastic place altogether.
  • Wow. So much history tied this basilica. A magnificent building, architectural master piece. I was particularly caught up by the massive statues of the twelve apostles. They are so big and well sculpted. Every single part of the basilica was intended and designed. It is a place one can have his confession too, there are priest at the confessionals who speak French , English,and Spanish. Fell free to work up into the confessionals when the light little red light in front of it is on. And a visit the blessed sacrament has a transforming effect. Go and be refilled.
  • This is literally the first church in the world and it is nothing less than first class as well. The art and history are sumptuous and with some of the smaller crowds of any attraction in Rome you would be wrong to not try to visit. Take your time and let this gem of the city enchant you with it's timless beauty!
  • Property of Vatican one of the four most important churhes in Rome. Popes lived here before they left Rome for Avignon captivity in 14. century. Palace has burned twice and was later abandoned in favor of Saint Peter's basilica when popes returned to Rome. In 16. century pope Sixtus V demolished old basilica it and ordered construction of new, present basilica.
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