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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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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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  • The oldest basilica in Rome and one of the most beautiful. You have so much to look at while in the basilica you need to remind yourself to slow down and look up and down.  more »
  • This is the ecclessiastical seat of the pope and ranks as the superior church of the Roman Catholics. We studied the interesting history of the Arcibasilica before coming to get the most out of our vi...  more »
  • I love this church. I visit every time I come to Rome. The statues of the 12 apostles are huge and remarkable. The organ is a thing of beauty. Don't miss it.  more »
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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!