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Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano

Address: Piazza di Porta San Giovanni, 4, 00184 Rome, Italy
Phone Number: 06.698.86433
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Ranked #2 of 682 Attractions in Rome
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Churches/ Cathedrals, Cultural
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Owner description: Known to be the first church in Christendom, this church belongs to the Vatican and has the privileges of extraterritoriality.
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Tahoe City, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

During a recent trip to Rome, we have developed a list of churches to visit. Much of my research led me to recommendations of other travelers. Since this church is away from the center of Rome and many other sights, we rode the Metro out to the San Giovanni Metro station. Between the station and the church and adjacent to... More

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Rome, Lazio, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

#ThetallestobeliskinRome! It is in Piazza San Giovanni in Laterano. Carved in red granite, measuring 32.18 meters high (45.70 meters with the base) and weighs 230 tons. It originally stood in front of the Temple of Amun at Thebes (Karnak, in Egyptian). It was realized by the pharaoh Thutmose III in the fifteenth century BC Over 1,700 years later, in 357... More

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Naples, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

St. John of Lateran is probably my favorite church in Rome. Yeah, St. Peter's is THE seat of the Catholic church, and is amazing, but St. John (which was the seat of the church before St. Peter's) is amazing in its own right. The impressive, imposing statues over the front entrance are towering and foreboding. The cloisters outside the church... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

This church is a feast for the senses. The artwork is amazing and it is a busy active living church full of nuns, friars and other pilgrims. The nearby Papal university appears to attract many people of the cloth.

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

We stumbled across this amazing church after going up the Scala Santa across the street. I needed to use the restroom and they had one. Little did I know the amazing place I would be visiting. The italian woman cleaning the bathrooms gave us an earful. She was very VERY upset about the lack of cleanliness. I had never heard... More

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Manassas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

The Basilica is such an inspirational and holy place. Knowing that basilica's were built so all people were welcome, makes this such a holy place for all.

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Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

This is a must see . When you have visited St peters. Next stop is St john of the laterano. This basilica is every bit as impressive as St peters with less of the opulence and the crowds! This is the bishop of romes church. The bishop of Rome is the pope.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

The architecture was beautiful! The sculptures were extraordinary. It is a huge basilica and awe-inspiring. Make certain it is one of the churches that is on your list to see in Roma!

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Jacksonville, Fla.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

This basilica/cathedral is the actual "home" of the Bishop of Rome, who happens to be the Pope. A very beautiful edifice, with glorious stained glass, magnificent pipe organ, many pieces of art work and architectural craftsmanship. You can take pictures in most areas, but some areas were "off limits" to flash photography. Be sure to note the many members of... More

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Sanford, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Visit the cloisters (slight extra cost) for its beauty, museum room, and artifacts. After visiting crowded St. Peter's, a visit here is a pleasure. This was my third or fourth visit over the years.

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