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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  • The ticket seller in the Basilica, was very nice and knowledgeable. She spoke German and explained everything exactly. The chapel of Santa Sanctorum, exerts a special rest even for a not very faithful people. The baptistery is originally from the time of Constantine. The Obelisk is being the highest in Rome. The Basilica itself is very nice, with the 12 Apostles in the niches. There are Pabstgräber and relics of Paul and Peter. As well as an a great cloister.
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  • Registered Office 10 Popes before settled in Vatican City, the breathtaking Interior, monumental statues of evangelists, right across from the small church across the road, where they are installed, sv. stairs, after which the Lord Jesus walked after the floggings to conviction to Pilate-only after kľačiačky, then go to the Basilica of San Climente
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  • This Basilica is the main Cathedral of the city which the Pope is Bishop. The entrance is monumental, several chapels, the Papal altar, or only the Pope can say mass. very beautiful decorations. On the site you can see an an Egyptian obelisk of the XVᵉ century.
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  • The church to see and be seen. So much more fascinating than St Peter’s (especially with all the post 9-11 security measures). If you can figure out the secret code they have to make you Pope! True story!
  • Amazing place. Totally recommend It. It has so much history and is one of the oldest Christian church ever made. Do not miss it!
  • This church, in my opinion is one of the locations MUST SEE "when in Rome". This is one of the oldest churches in the world. Considering that the Pope is also the Bishop of Rome, the basilica is considered to be the place of the papal throne. The Basilica is also the cathedral of Rome.
  • This is actually the oldest of the four Papal basilicas in Rome and the official cathedral of the Pope. However there are few tourists compared to St Peter's basilica. There is a tent which acts as the security checkpoint with no queue on a sunny Monday afternoon in September. It is a lovely building though located at a busy traffic and metro intersection. The grand interior has large statues of the twelve Apostles on the sides with lots of neoclassical touches such as the pillars.
  • The most beautiful (in my opinion) of Rome's basilicas. Seemed to have less tourists than most. Stunning statues of the apostles and biblical scenes.
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