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St. Clement Basilica, Rome
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To see three ancient churches built on top of one another, visit St. Clement Basilica. The present church in this three-tiered complex was erected just before 1100. Beneath it, a fourth-century structure once included a basement meant to serve as a mithraeum, a place of worship for the followers of the ancient mystery religion called Mithraism. Below that structure is yet another edifice, built on the foundations of an even older building that had been destroyed in the Great Fire of Rome in 64 CE. The present church was transformed over the centuries from a private house, once the site of clandestine Christian worship, to a grand public basilica that has been expanded and renovated to reflect the Roman Catholic church's growing legitimacy and power. As you explore, listen for the sounds of the underground river flowing deep beneath the city. Take a look at our Rome trip itinerary planner to schedule your visit to St. Clement Basilica and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • San Clemente al Laterano is not high on the tourist check list, and that is a shame. It is rich in Catholic and Pagan tradition. The frescos of the basilica are beautiful. The altar is opulent. But hi...  more »
  • The Basilica di San Clemente (Basilica of St. Clement) is an early Christian basilica in Rome dedicated to Pope St. Clement (d. 99 AD) 
  • It is the only one that has a wooden altarpiece is worth seeing since almost everything is over marble and bronze
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  • Not usually on the "must-see" lists for a first time visit to Rome - but well worth it. We came here on recommendation from our Colosseum tour guides. Pay the extra admission to tour the excavations - it's a fascinating step through time. The current church was built on top of an older Christian church, which itself was built on top a pagan temple and ancient Roman housing. Add this to your "must-see" list - it's fascinating.
  • Not in a good shape. They should re invest in this unique place but seem to prefer to let it fade out
  • Great Place to feel the history of Christianity. Don't miss the Roman water tap. Still works after 2000 years.
  • A beautiful, out of the way basilica. Worth a visit just to see the inside. Did not head down into the Scavi because it was quite expensive compared to other places
  • St Clement Basilica Is One Of my favourites as it has very interesting excavations underneath it ! Dating back to pre-Christianity we find very exciting archaeological treasures. It is now under the careful care of Irish monks who are always happy to welcome a visitor. Thank you