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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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This is the cathedral church of the Diocese of Rome and one of the major churches in Rome. Definitely a must see. Filled with a lot of history, the basilica is a catechetical... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

This is the cathedral church of the Diocese of Rome and one of the major churches in Rome. Definitely a must see. Filled with a lot of history, the basilica is a catechetical experience in and of itself. I'd take a guided tour just for the historical and architectural information.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Breathtakingly beautiful church. A lot larger than I had anticipated it to be with so many wonderful things to see. Did not queue to get in & had plenty of space to move/see inside. The basilica itself is a work of art & it is easy to see why it is rated Rome's number one attraction. Many street sellers around... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

One of the world's most impressive churches. Saw on tv but nothing like the real thing! Took 100s of photos. It is huge. It needs to be promoted more. The sculptures were beautiful. I bet a Papal Mass is breathtaking.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Dropped in on Sunday and coincided with mass. Wonderful space. Magnificent ceilings. Superb acoustics for the organ and choir. It was wonderful to see the service well patronised but still available for tourist visits.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

To see it in person was awe inspiring. It's huge. I didn't like all the people trying to sell us something which happens all over Rome.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

This basilica is the biggest and most impressive out of many impressive basilicas in Rome. This was my eight and last basilica of the day and my first thought going in was I get why this is #1 on tripadvisor.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

It's easy to have church overload in Rome, but this church is worth seeing. I found my favorite chapel here. It's beautiful filled with these angelic sculptures...it's breathtaking!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

I read the top10 places in Rome to visit, and was curious about this attraction as it was #1. I was relatively close to the Basilica and took a taxi to check it out. Absolutely beautiful, but weird as there was a Mass going on in the center and tourists quietly around the outside. The setting was spectacular for the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

St. John Lateran is the first of the major basilicas of Rome. It is the church of the Bishop of Rome. It has been built and rebuilt many times. One of the four major basilicas, it is magnificent.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

We had time to spare on our last day in Rome so we ended up visiting this place, and glad we did. Absolutely beautiful inside, very religious ambience, a sacred place which included prayer rooms being used. However if you want to stay in this place long I suggest covering up! Aware how strict these sacred places are with females... More 

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