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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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  • Incredible beauty both in architecture and in the art work. Stunning. Wonderful to just sit and take it all in. Lots of tours entering so a bit noisy in spite of many trying to be quiet. 
  • This is the first church to be built in Rome and it contains several sacred relics. Popes were crowned here until the 19th century. The artwork is breathtaking. Far less crowded than St. Peter's, you ...  read more »
  • Greater ex Basilica, before the construction of St. Peter in the Vatican and also the oldest of the MAJESTIC West, asked in the middle of nowhere which makes it even more IMPRESSIVE, with the 12 Apostles aligned at the top, => how WONDERFUL a little less crowded than St. Peter's Basilica, this makes the visit much more enjoyable and, what spoils nothing the visit is free! When inside, we don't have enough eyes to see everything-online great paintings and sculptures are in perfect agreement with its façade-online SPLENDID! ........ As for the cloister, don't miss especially: it is MAGNIFICENT for me this is one of the monuments of ROME MUST
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  • This is the basilica of which my alma mater, Colegio de San Juan de Letran, derives its name from. Coming here and attending mass was the most humbling experience I've had. I had to kneel many times in reverence to this sacred place. ARRIBA!
  • Definately a must see site in Rome. Amazing frescos!
  • amazing, simply amazing!!! not to miss this one - there are many many churches in Rome and it is really hard to decide which one to skip, definitely not this one!
  • One of the biggest church in the world! Once you come inside, you cannot believe how big it is: from inside seems more bigger then it seems from outside. A great architectural example
  • I had heard of this on Rick Steves so I was looking forward to seeing it when my wife and I made my way to Rome. We however were not expecting to see what we saw. As jaw dropping as entering St. Peter's Basilica... The gold ceiling has to be seen to be believed. This is definitely a must see if you are in Rome. I'm sure the vast majority of people are unaware that this the actual seat of the bishop of Rome, which is, the Pope and that this is the only Archbasilica in the world. A must see!
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