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Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano

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Known to be the first church in Christendom, this church belongs to the Vatican and has the privileges of extraterritoriality.
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Piazza di Porta San Giovanni, 4, 00184 Rome, Italy
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Reviewed today via mobile

Lateran basilica is very beautiful both inside and out. Feel peace of mind. We enjoyed the beauty of architecture.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We visited this Basilica as was highly recommended by a good friend. We were really impressed by everything including the security checks so you feel safe inside. We also paid 2 euros to listen to an introduction video, 2 people can listen at the same...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

For me, this is one of the must see places in Rome. Far less crowded than the Vatican, and equally as impressive. Incredible architecture, scale and decor. It is not crowded - at all. And free to get in too. Very tranquil too, again something...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had visited Rome several times, and never went to visit this church, first of all the size, and the sculptures inside, and the ceiling, and just it is amazing,.....I was there on the eve of Christmas, really loved it.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Temper43
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the seat of the bishop of Rome. It is massive and impressive. Just walk round and let it get to you. Beautiful chapel set aside for silent reflection. Screening and bag search might delay entry for a while but don’t give up. This...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Michaelhouse69
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a beautiful and impressive church. I especially liked the statues of the 12 Apostles less Judas Iscariot and plus Paul in the nave. The heads of saints Peter and Paul are preserved in the upper part of the baldacchino. The wooden altar upon...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed December 9, 2018

Rome's first Christian basilica, built on land confiscated from the Laterani family, this is the seat of the Bishop off Rome, the pope. He celebrates Maundy Thursday mass here.The papal altar used inly by the Pope dated from the 14th century. Above the high altar...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Kyle S
Reviewed November 30, 2018 via mobile

"I never weary of great churches. It is my favorite kind of mountain scenery. Mankind was never so happily inspired as when it made a cathedral.” ― Robert Louis Stevenson Dedicated to Saint John the Baptist and Saint John the Evangilist, the ground for this...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 28, 2018

We lucked out because we rented an apartment directly across the street from this historical gem without even knowing it. The very first legal Christian Church consecrated in 324 AD by Constantine the Great, we thought it rivaled St. Peter's. It costs nothing to enter...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 21, 2018

This beautiful basilica is a must see in Rome, it is a mini Saint Peters with it's own art and atmosphere.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Response from George O | Reviewed this property |
I attended All Souls Day mass in the evening and it was beautiful. Here is the mass schedule. As the others say, arrive early. The holy steps across the street were amazing. Mass schedule Weekdays... More
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The guidelines as I remember them, suggest dresses and covered arms, no bare arms for woman. We were there in the winter so it was not an issue. There are specific guidelines for summer attire. I would check the pertinent... More
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There is a fragment from the table of the Last supper with Jesus Christ. The statues of the apostles is awesome.
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Some questions about the wheelchair access. (2 Replies)
Hello. The Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano Is accessible to wheelchair? and i noticed that the Colosseum is free entry on the first sunday every month. That day probably a lot of people come to there and I heard that there is a another entrance forthe wheelchair. but i curious that i can pass to this entrance with my 5(includes me) family. Is there anybody know about this?
June 01, 2017|
Response fromGrace M|
I don't know about access to the Coliseum with a wheelchair. I do know that all the major Basilicas, including San Giovanni have ramps built over the front/side steps for acces. Within the basilica, it is mostly all one level, a step here or there to peer into a closed off chapel, but one would be able to really see everything in their wheelchair