Trip Planner Europe  /  Italy  /  Lazio  /  Rome  /  Historic Sites  /  St. Clement Basilica

St. Clement Basilica, Rome

Categories: Churches, Tourist Spots
Inspirock Rating:
4.6/5 based on 3,400+ reviews on the web
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.
Create a full itinerary - for free!
going to
read all reviews »
  • This Basilica is fascinating and a different place to visit in Rome. The underground levels beneath the already lovely Basilica are well done and worth a visit. The neighborhood itself (the Celian Hil...  read more »
  • After you have seen the must-see places, come to San Clemente. The ground-level basilica dates from around 1100 and would be worth a visit, but the lower levels -- a 4th Century church with frescoes f...  read more »
  • As a result, very few people and we're quiet to admire this architectural gem as well as his paintings, its columns, its marbles its magnificent mosaics and its beautiful coffered ceiling! ......... It is "Three in one"-online the current + primary + the ancient Roman House... It was recommended to us by our Web host, (because we were staying next door and 5 minutes from the Coliseum) and, JUST as very because it is really surprising and BEAUTIFUL.. .and his charming "Patio-cloister" very based on the other hand, I am VERY SURPRISED to see 420 photos posted on this site, because as soon as we are warned that PHOTOS and FILM ARE FORBIDDEN! For me, it's a MAJOR of ROME visit
    show original
  • A rare gem in Rome that most of the tourists miss out! Just 2 blocks from the Colosseum, this church is a time capsule of 3 layers of history, the 12th C church, the 4th C Byzantine church, and the 1st C Roman temple are all on the same spot , one buried beneath another! The exquisite and exclusive Porphery marble mosaics from the Byzantine Roman imperial designs adorn the main church, that is on the first level. For only about 5 euro, you see and touch 2000 yrs of history! The Mithras temple at the lowest level, with the Roman house and the sound of an ancient spring flowing behind it is Just amazing!
  • 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
  • This should be on everyone's list when visiting Rome. We arrived right before close and unfortunately were not able to do a tour and ear more about the history of this very old church. It dates back to the 60s A.D. during the reign of Nero. No pictures allowed inside.
  • 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
  • I visited the church a few years ago and I was impressed by the history of this place: medieval church on top of remains of 4th century basilica on top of remains of Roman villa. I foolishly drank water from the spring from the basement of the building :).
Nearby Attractions
Visit for 1​h
Visit for 1​h 30​m
Visit for 1​h
Visit for 1​h 30​m
Visit for 4​h
Visit for 2​h
Visit for 2​h 30​m
Visit for 1​h