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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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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Churches/ Cathedrals, Cultural
Owner description: Known to be the first church in Christendom, this church belongs to...
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Churches/ Cathedrals, Cultural
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 6:30 pm
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014 NEW

The church looks absolutely stunning at my first sight. It is very beautiful. There was also a band playing music when I visited, which improves the atmosphere.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

This church is the Pope's Official church as the Bishop of Rome. I recommend reading the history of this church before touring as it enhances the experience. The sculptures of the apostles are grandiose. Easy walk from the metro station.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

St. John Lateran is technically part of Vatican City (not Rome) and is also the true seat of the Catholic Church - it's the Archbasilica and the church above all other churches, and the Pope's home church. The seat in the apse is where the Pope must sit after he is elected. When we walked in, my breath was taken... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

All I must say after visiting this place is just WOW !! It's like many churches into one. It is a very big Basilica and it will take time to explore it all, but is worth it.. must visit

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

San Giovanni looks somewhat humble from its exterior in a large piazza. Inside, it's breath-taking. To get there, we walked around the Colosseum and headed down Via di San Giovanni in Laterano. It's a lovely little street, with lots of cafes and stops for lunch.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

Stunning architecture. I was with a group and we walked into a music recital. Unforgettable to see and hear.

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Palmer, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

The Holy Seat is here (where the Pope gets the name Holy See). So many churches and you will get churched out easily in Italy but I recommend this one because it is one of the 3 Papal Basilicas in Rome and is important. Also the artwork is lovely.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

This basillica is both huge and beautiful. You should plan a few hours here to enjoy it all. The statues, paintings, altars and more are just amazing to see. We were with a group and had a great tour guide which I would highly recommend. There is so much to learn and hear about. Enjoy this beautiful, holy place when... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

Solemn, mejestic Arcibasilica. I wanted to pray, I felt spiritually uplifted, peaceful. It is worth to visit once in a lifetime. This is sacred place, I would not call it attraction. I do not think, is it place to take pictures.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

This is one of Rome's most beautiful. The history, the architecture, the art, the many special chapels within make this a must see.

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