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Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano

Piazza di Porta San Giovanni, 4, 00184 Rome, Italy
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Ranked #2 of 730 Attractions in Rome
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Churches/ Cathedrals
Traveler Description: Basilica of St. John Lateran   (San Giovanni in Laterano)  Piazza San Giovanni in Laterano, 4  Transport:  Metro: line A - San Giovanni Tram : #3... more »
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Kilmarnock, Scotland, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

The oldest Church in The World!! Stunning! The Cloisters also hold the actual stone on which 4 Centurions rolled dice for Jesus'clothes before he was crucified! Take the audio tour outside and it will tell you where it is as it is not that obvious!

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

This basilica, the seat of the Bishop of Rome, is one of the finest historical and religious sites in the City, other than the Vatican, of course. The array of historic art and architecture is awesome, and the moderate crowds a pleasure.

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Rome, Italy
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Really imposing structure..... The paintings, statues, even the entrance doors are all of great detail and the little garden within it is a little gem that one would never even imagine it would be there. It was our first stop when we arrived and it was a good start to an amazing few days of culture. We found a little... More

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Lexington, Kentucky
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21 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

This Basilica is off the beaten path in Rome and should be included on your list of "must see basilicas" in Rome. It houses the Pope's chapel and is opulent and grand, exceeding all expectations. Mosaics of all the Popes throughout history line the great walls, even featuring a spot light on Pope Francis. It's helpful to understand the history... More

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Oro Valley, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

There is no entrance fee, and both male and female need to be appropriately covered. Visitors here were very respectful that it is a place of worship. Worth they time to sit and mediate.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Really Beautiful church and free audio guides for a donation. But not worth the 5 euro's each to view the cloister. A beautiful cloister but 20 euro's for 4 of us just not worth the money

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This basilica - the Pope's cathedral - is truly magnificent. From the patterns on the floor to the gilded coffered ceiling, this is a wonder. We were especially moved by the wonderful statues of the eleven disciples and of St. Paul. This cathedral is somewhat out of the way in regard to most of the attractions in Rome, but it... More

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Madrid, Spain
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

It is one of the most important church of Rome and christianity. It is georgeous. It is a pity that you have to pay 5 euro to visit the chiostro and that the square outside the church is not well

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Guangzhou, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Arcibasilica or Archbasilica, the only basilica that can be prefixed with an "arch" , being the oldest and thus ranking #1 of the four patriarchal or papal basilicas in the Roman Catholic Church, and also the cathedral of the bishop of the Diocese of Rome that is the Pope himself. One couldn't afford to miss when visiting Rome!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Well, this is the Pope's cathedral, so you know it is going to be mind blowing. Our Airbnb was 5 minutes away, so when we saw it on the map we decided to do a quick visit. once we went inside, we were blown away by the grandiosity of the Cathedral, the opulence and the gold. It's simply beautiful. if... More

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