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Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano

Piazza di Porta San Giovanni, 4, 00184 Rome, Italy
06.698.86433
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Ranked #3 of 777 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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Sanford, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

When in Rome, you're likely to see churches. Many of them. There's almost 1000 thousand but this one deserves attention! It's beautiful, of course, and the statues in the main nave are of particular interest for those who like sculptures. Also mind the bishop's chair, throne like. A place to see, certainly!

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Hampshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

Stumbled across this on our return from the baths of Caracalla. Entered through side entrance which didn't look that impressive but were blown away by the interior. Well worth a look.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 NEW

Most memorable are the huge life-like statues of the twelve apostles. Every statue shows such detail and beauty. Across from the Archbasillica are Scala Sancta or Holey Steps. These steps were once in Jerussalem and are the steps Jesus Christ walked up to Pilate. The marble steps are encased in wood. Many devout climbs these stairs on their knees.

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Bolton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 NEW

I did not know that this is the most important church in the Vatican, I thought it was that of St. Peter, the great discovery that is worth visiting, EXTRAORDINARY and full of history.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014 NEW

One of the Papal basillicas that is very impressive. The facade at the front is so different from the side facade that you need to look at both entrances to the church. The inside of the church is incredible with larger than life statues of the apostles, the papal Cathedra and the 14th century baldacchino. Don't bother with the garden... More

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Doha, Qatar
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014 NEW

this is a must see place for anyone who is touring or doing a pilgrimage in rome, since this is one of the earliest churches here.

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Positano, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

This was certainly an amazing experience,we enjoyed it thoroughly.The craftsmanship was a visual experience not to be missed we actually preferred this Bascillica to St Paul's.

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Fatima, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

This is the main Catholic church, the church of the Pope as bishop of Rome. Portraits of all the popes, wonderful art

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

The church used to be the home of the Diocese of Rome before the Vatican and it is full of history, per example, some papal tombs. As in the Vatican, you must go covered.

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