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Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano

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Address: Piazza di Porta San Giovanni, 4, 00184 Rome, Italy
Phone Number: 06.698.86433
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Description: Known to be the first church in Christendom, this church belongs to the...
Known to be the first church in Christendom, this church belongs to the Vatican and has the privileges of extraterritoriality.
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Amazing architecture and a must see for anyone. The ceiling alone is worth the trip to see this basilica. I am also pretty sure dinosaurs went there to confess their sins.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Amazing architecture and a must see for anyone. The ceiling alone is worth the trip to see this basilica. I am also pretty sure dinosaurs went there to confess their sins.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

The outside belies the lavish interior. Amazing paintings and decoration. I love that it is still a living church with services going on in the side chapels.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

St. Peter''s might be the number one place to go when in Rome but St. John Lateran -- completely across town -- is equally impressive. Each Cardinal -- the Pope included -- has a cathedral in Rome for which they are the bishop. St. John Lateran is the Cathedral seat of the Bishop of Rome, i.e., the Pope. This is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

The art in this cathedral rivals those of other cathedrals in Rome. The interesting fact is how detailed the sculptures using such primitive tools.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

This is a beautiful Basilica. It has an amazing history, incredible architechture, stunning sculptures and more. The gift shop is very well stocked and all items are blessed. Be sure to take in the beauty of each alcove, ceilings and the spectacular alter area. Don't miss out on the exterior architecture and foyer. Well worth the walk.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Stunning building worth the long walk uphill to see, simply magnificent. Don't forget the cloister, it to is very interesting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

One of the best Basilica’s in Rome and if you go early in the morning you may find you have it almost all to yourself. While the outside is not as dramatic as, say, St Peters it does have a spectacular interior which will take your breath away. It is an Archibasilica which means it’s a Papal Basilica and several... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

This basilica is grand and well worth a visit. Unlike St Peter's it is not overcrowded and can be enjoyed at a leisurely pace.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

Beautiful with fantastic giant statues, very inspiring with wonderful mosaics. For pilgrims a great experience to be at the church where the Pope celebrates Easter mass.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

This is the Pope's Church in Rome. It is a 4th century Basilica and it serves the Diocese of Rome as the Cathedral. Many Americans will refer to this church as St John Lateran. Take your time and look at this wonderful place of worship with very little crowds. A stop here is highly recommended!

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Additional Information about Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano

Address: Address: Piazza di Porta San Giovanni, 4, 00184 Rome, Italy
Phone Number: 06.698.86433
Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Lazio  >  Rome>  > Esquilino
Open Hours:
Sunday 7:00 am - 6:30 pm
Monday 7:00 am - 6:30 pm
Tuesday 7:00 am - 6:30 pm
Wednesday 7:00 am - 6:30 pm
Thursday 7:00 am - 6:30 pm
Friday 7:00 am - 6:30 pm
Saturday 7:00 am - 6:30 pm

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