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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  • Loved more than St. Peter's Cathedral!Giant figures of 12 Appastolov in marble niches are amazing. They were late for the train.
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  • Saint John of Latran is a basilica with a very chaotic history and was rebuilt in the 18th century Baroque period. once past the door one is seized by the immensity of the site. A tip, absolutely go visit the cloister, entrance on the left. Here one is seized by the beauty of the site and the clamor that reigns there.
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  • Every church that enters Rome is an unmissable attraction. This basilica is very close to the San Giovanni metro station; Is imposing on the inside, wonderful!!
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  • Superb church to rival St. Peter's in the Vatican. One can only marvel at the monumental scale of the buildings. Great location in the heart of the city with excellent access to public transport
  • Massive church, though not immediately obvious where the entrance is! Particularly enjoyed the statues of the 12 apostles inside. Outside curiously unkempt: a large area of scruffy grass where pigeons seem to enjoy sitting down. And why not?
  • An absolutely beautiful church with incredible architecture and wonderful historical artifacts (Roman Senate Doors, pillars from the Temple of Zeus). Beautiful side chapels and statues of all of the apostles. A definite"can't miss" when visiting Rome.
  • Crowded! Don't go without a guide. Very beautiful. The Vatican museum tour is a must do while in Italy. So much to see, take in. Security and staff, including one nun in the gift shop are surly and unnecessarily harsh. But then, they deal with empty-headed tourists, so... I guess I understand. There for the grace... Am I right?
  • This church is the most biggest and beautiful place I have ever seen before! I can come here every week! It is free to come in and has a lot of security. It’s important that you come early because sooner in the afternoon there will be many people to visit this church.
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