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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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Gorgeous church

What a beautiful church with incredible interiors. Second only to St Peters. A must see while in Rome. Bus from Termini Terminal, or a 20 minute walk.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

What a beautiful church with incredible interiors. Second only to St Peters. A must see while in Rome. Bus from Termini Terminal, or a 20 minute walk.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

This is the Pope's church. Fantastic statues of each of the Apostles. Was in a neighborhood convenient to the Coliseum.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Stunning, mesmerizing...good gift shop and be sure to cross the road and take in the Holy Stairs. Note: most churches close between 12:30 and 3pm so make sure to plan.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

This was the big deal church before St Peter's so everything is done no a grand scale. Geometric designs and plenty of gold. Spend some time to sit and admire the art.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

- The basilica was beautiful from the outside, but really magnificent inside. The gigantic bronze doors btw were "stolen" from a temple on the Roman Forum. - Would this be a must while visiting Rome? I suggest that depends on your time budget. My mate and I are not religious, but still enjoyed the experience much. But then again, we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

The church of St johns was included in the places included in our Omnia Pass. We took metro line A to San Giovanni and a short walk through the old city walls and it was in front of you. This used to be the papal palace and inside the sheer beauty stops you in your tracks. With our Omnia Pass... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

The learned that the Archbasilica ranks first among all the great Basilicas in the Catholic Church, and it is filled with rich art and history as well. The faithful can attend Daily Mass and it is within walking distance of restaurants, bus lines and other sites.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

This was easy to find, catching the metro to San Giovanni on Line A and then walking under the old city walls. Inside, the buzz of life outside was lost and the magnificence of the building worked on all senses. It really is worth a visit. Walk around each place and take a seat to enjoy from different angles.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

This church is most beautiful in whole Rome. History of it is just amazing . Don't miss it if you ever visit this great city. Tombs of six Popes are very interesting and striking. From outside church looks stunning. Statues are huge and you just wonder how it's done so long time ago. There is no fee charged to enter... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

San Giovanni in Laterno is a must see place in Rome. It is the second important basilica that can be visited in Rome after the Saint Peter's Basilica in Vatican City. It has gorgeous sculptures and paintings. The ceiling of the Basilica is another story that everyone should see. If you ever go Rome you should write Basilica of San... More 

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