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. Put Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano into our Rome itinerary planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • August 18, 2017
    In contrast to the Cathedral of St. Peter's Basilica Lateran Cathedral is available at any time with little or no queues, only searches through the frame. It is easily accessible from any point of Rome. Next to the Metro station of San Giovanni. In the Cathedral is very positive energy. You can just sit on a bench and soak up the century. I Council of the Lateran like more than Peter. From the Cathedral, you can go to the gallery for 5 euros. From there, the walls of the Cathedral are visible without decoration. In the gallery in the annex there are vending machines with water. You can always buy. In summer, this is true.
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  • August 18, 2017
    A beautiful Basilica a little ex centered but worth visiting. Few people in this place rich in history
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  • August 18, 2017
    I love the most intimate places of worship, less rowdy and out of routes barbarian hordes of Japanese and yanks.
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  • Good toilets inside the church. 2 fine souvenir shops. And then pigeons fly up under the ceiling. Impressive church.
  • The Basilica is a free to visit attraction close to the heart of Rome. The architectural value of this makes it a must see attraction in the city. Only hint would be to dress appropriately as you would be cautioned if you don't.
  • Great place. I really enjoy it. You can see there great pictures and sculpture made by Michelangelo. Don't miss it!
  • This is a splendid Basilica in Rome with a breathtaking history. All the decorations and architecture are amazing. Every time I am in Rome I go there to admire the masterpieces and the well balance decorations.
  • Really a breathtaking place! Was there twice during my holiday and was so empty both times... It's a shame! HIDDEN GEM!

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For easy foot access to most of the city's main historical sites, consider staying in Rome's old town center. The area is conveniently placed for public transport, only a walk away from the city's main railway station. Accommodations here span all hotels sectors, from cheap hostels to luxury brand names. To avoid the steep prices and overcrowding of the town center, explore the hotels in the inner suburbs of Rome. They offer comfortable rooms and excellent food at a fraction of the price charged by the centrally located hotel chains. Another affordable option is the area around Vatican, which boasts a good selection of family-owned B&Bs.
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