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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. Plan your visit to St. Clement Basilica and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Rome vacation maker .
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  • The church is impressive, but pay extra to visit the excavations underneath - it gives a great insight into the layers of history that have gone to make Rome . Fascinating and well worth the 10 euros.  more »
  • This is a must, a little of the beaten track. For €10 per person you can explore the catacombs which contain some of the oldest 1st century architecture. This is one of the most amazing experiences I ...  more »
  • Free entry and you will be amazed at this place, beautiful and take a trip to the cloisters this was 5 euro but well worth the money  more »
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  • Opening times for visitors (including the excavations) are: Weekdays, 9:00 to 12:30, 15:00 to 18:00; Sundays, 12:15 to 18:00. If you see the doors open earlier or later than these times, it is because a Mass is being celebrated. You are not welcome to visit the church during Mass, unless you wish to attend it. Mass is celebrated: Weekdays at 8:00 and 18:30; Sunday at 9:00 and 11:00. The language used is Italian. On Mondays to Fridays the Rosary is recited at 18:00, before Mass. Note that the popularity of the church means that it is worked by beggars. When it is opened in the afternoon, you may have one of them pretending that there is an admission charge or donation. This is an amazing church -those with an interest in early Roman Christianity can spend hours here (I did). The excavations have an admission charge of ten euros -the church relies on this income. Tickets can be bought in the shop. Unlike in the catacombs, you can look around by yourself without a guide to supervise. On the other hand, this means that the rooms of the Mithraeum are gated and are only viewable from the doorways by ordinary visitors. The church has a policy of not allowing any photographs. Please buy the postcards etc if you want pictures. The staff can be serious about this.
  • Very interesting history and cool place to go. Not a super popular stop, it seems, which makes it a great alternative to beat the crowds and get underground to escape the heat. Reasonable price, can easily spend and hour or so in here looking around. Not a large place, but interesting.
  • The Mithraeum is very exciting. There are a few in Rome but this one is open regularly. The crypt of the Church also has a nice collection of frescoes from the Middle Ages and other antiquities to see. Sadly no pictures allowed.
  • An amazing place! One of the oldest Christian churches over a Mythraic temple. Very interesting!
  • The collision of different eras, cultures and een languages is surprising and very interesting. If you go there you should definitely visit the excavations.

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For easy foot access to most of the city's main historical sites, consider staying in Rome's old town center. The area is conveniently placed for public transport, only a walk away from the city's main railway station. Accommodations here span all hotels sectors, from cheap hostels to luxury brand names. To avoid the steep prices and overcrowding of the town center, explore the hotels in the inner suburbs of Rome. They offer comfortable rooms and excellent food at a fraction of the price charged by the centrally located hotel chains. Another affordable option is the area around Vatican, which boasts a good selection of family-owned B&Bs.
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