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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  • Magnificent church - true home of the Catholic Church in Rome. The church itself is a great visit. Don’t miss the ancient and gigantic obelisk, from there the baptistery and if you are so inclined.....  more
    Magnificent church - true home of the Catholic Church in Rome. The church itself is a great visit. Don’t miss the ancient and gigantic obelisk, from there the baptistery and if you are so inclined.....  more »
  • Not one of the main tourist sites, but we loved it. Imposing statues and pretty empty when we went. Great floors as well. Look down and up. Really impressive so put it on your list. Easy to get to on....  more
    Not one of the main tourist sites, but we loved it. Imposing statues and pretty empty when we went. Great floors as well. Look down and up. Really impressive so put it on your list. Easy to get to on....  more »
  • This should be the second Basilica you visit in Rome after St. Peters. The scale is very nearly as grand and opulent as St. Peters but entirely different. A visit here also allows you to visit the.....  more
    This should be the second Basilica you visit in Rome after St. Peters. The scale is very nearly as grand and opulent as St. Peters but entirely different. A visit here also allows you to visit the.....  more »
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  • The mist important church in Rome. Nope! It's not St. Peter's. One of the 4 Basilicas to complete your visit in Rome. Attended a beautiful Sunday mass here. Arrive at 9:45 AM. There's a beautiful music played for half an hour at least. Then mass proper with music starts at 10:30AM. Such a beautiful service.
  • Amazing interior, lots of rich murals and sculptures. One of the four major basilicas and contrary to appearances, it is the most important church in the world, even more important than the Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican, she was appointed Mother and Head of the churches of the city and the world. Inside it hides, among others many tombs of popes, decorated with beautiful carvings.
  • Probably the most magnificent church/basilica in Rome. The size of it is just incredible and the art (both in paintings and sculptures) is out of this world. Like all the others it is free to enter and make sure you visit it. Just stay and sit there for 30-45 minutes and enjoy it.
  • Like a lot of things in Rome, the ceilings are amazing. This one stands out with golden statues , weapons and other things with depth attached to the ceiling. Impressive.
  • An amazing interior! The 12 sculptures of the Apostles inside are true masterpieces. I enjoyed this basilica much more than St Peter's. Really recommend to go there and also see the obelisk next to it - the oldest one in Rome.

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