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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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  • The Basilica of St. Clement is like a casket with secrets. With modern Roman street you enter into the medieval chapel, you go down the stairs and in the Church of 11 century. On the walls-frescoes with scenes, predshedstvenikami modern comics-from the mouths of characters in thought bubbles for departing words (experts say that and not decent). Here is the same and the burial place of Saint Methodius gave sculptures from Slavic peoples. Even lower-temple with an altar of Mithra, the premises for the storage of grain, PURLs underground stream. You're at the beginning of the time of Christ. ... Just a few Minu you passed the stairs the path that civilization trekked for two thousand years. Isn't it the living embodiment of the continuity of Roman history?
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  • There are no words to describe the beauty of this basilica, on three levels. In my opinion is one of the most beautiful basilicas in Rome. It is to visit supuriore which is the basilica, the lower church, and the Roman imperial period building. The thing that fascinates me most is the mithraeum.
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  • unique place for those who love history and religious archaeology, ranging from Roman House twenty meters below street level to the Majesty of the present Church
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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