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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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The church just keeps getting bigger as you walk towards it until you reach it an realise that it's vast. The statues inside are also some of the most animated in Rome. Wonderful.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

The church just keeps getting bigger as you walk towards it until you reach it an realise that it's vast. The statues inside are also some of the most animated in Rome. Wonderful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

The statuary and decoration was magnificent. The majority of the church was open to wander. I found the 1 euro videoguide near the entrance very informative.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

We are staying in a B&B just around the corner and saw this building last nights when going out for dinner. This morning we decided to have a look inside and it is amazing! Beautiful floors, beautiful ceilings, lots of gold, incredible altar. Must visit!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW via mobile

Just visited Rome on March 25th and 26th. This is stunning and you shouldn't miss it. It's a part of Vatican City, I saw it while on a tour of the Vatican Museum and the Basilica

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Greenwood, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

This is a return visit to St John Lateran and we feel just as excited every time we return. This church is the "home church" for the Bishop of Rome i.e. the Pope! At one time, the Pope resided here (but of course has for centuries resided at the Vatican). It is tough to say which is more impressive, the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

The sheer grandeur of the church is overwhelming but the aspect that sets it apart is the large grand sculptures of the apostles lining the nave and the incredibly ornate ceiling. It is the sheer scale of this church which is overwhelming and surpasses most of the other churches in Rome. Outside it gives no hint of its fabulous interior... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW via mobile

A beautiful church definitely worth visiting but not sure it warrants the very top spot. A 10\15 minute walk from the Colosseum but well worth it with basilica San Clemente on the way (careful that closes early afternoon) Tip. Double it up with San clemente.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

This basilica is an elegant ecclesiastical space with sweeping arches and beautiful sculpture at every turn. Take your time walking around the main body of the church -- the large sculptures of the saints that decorate the main aisles might cause you to miss the more delicate friezes of Biblical scenes even farther up the wall -- you can really... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

It is rated number 1 in Trip Advisor and it doesn't even make my top ten. Granted it has history on its side but little else. If time is short you can leave this location out. The audio tour put me to sleep in the first five minutes.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

St Peters is bigger and of course has the Sistine Chapel, the Pieta, etc. But this church was absolutely stunning, from the Mosaic to the organ, the sculptures of the Apostles, etc. See both, but don't miss this. Plus in the plaza out front is the best of all the obelisks in Rome.

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