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Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano

Piazza di Porta San Giovanni, 4, 00184 Rome, Italy
06.698.86433
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Ranked #2 of 742 Attractions in Rome
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Churches/ Cathedrals
Traveler Description: Basilica of St. John Lateran   (San Giovanni in Laterano)  Piazza San Giovanni in Laterano, 4  Transport:  Metro: line A - San Giovanni Tram : #3... more »
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 NEW

A 'must see' during a trip to Rome! As with all the churches we visited amazing interior! We read our guidebook before visiting so we knew what to look out for, eg Pope Sylvesters tomb....his bones are said to rattle before a pope dies! Scala Sancti across the road is said to have 'holy stairs' from Jerusalem which the fsithful... More

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Spokane, WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Also visited the Sacred Steps which are next to this site. I will never forget this experience. Helpful to read the history and facts about this site before you go. Wish I had been able to attend Mass there.

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Russia, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Amazing site and church and would recommend it to other travelers and was easy to reach by city bus.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

The ceiling alone is worth the visit. A beautiful and quiet place amid the bustle of Roman traffic. Across the street are the miraculous steps which were "transported from Jerusalem." Over 200 steps which pilgrims go up on their knees. Watching is less painful that trying it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

Love the huge statues in St. John Lateran. A great spot to visit when in Rome. Enjoy the view from the front steps, especially if you come in the side.

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Huntsville, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

The Basilica of St. John Latern is of great importance in Rome and to the Catholic church. When you enter the Basilica you re-enter the property of the Vatican State. In this Basilica there is a chair called the "Bishop's Chair". When a new Pope is elected he comes here to sit in the chair and officially become Pope. This... More

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

My wife and I have visited Rome many times and have eventually got round to visiting this venue. I can honestly say that it is the most interesting church I have ever visited. The €5 for the audio commentary really is excellent and provides an informative overview of the church and cloisters. However, I will add that it does have... More

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Lucerne, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Much to admire here including some of the most beautiful ceilings I have ever seen. The sculptures are magnificent especially the gloves St Bartholomew carries. Beautiful altars and much more a feeling of spiritualism than the fake St. Peter's.

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Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

The approach to the Basilica is wonderful, it immovable on the highest slope of the Piazza. We were delighted to discover a little more of its place in the Catholic faith. It is the diocese church of the Pope, who is the Bishop of Rome. It is the oldest of the predominant Roman basilicas. Before the re-establishment of the papacy... More

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Beautiful church, actively In use by locals. Incredible sculptures and gilded ceilings. No crowds so a welcome change from St. Peter's!

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