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Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano

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Address: Piazza di Porta San Giovanni, 4, 00184 Rome, Italy
Phone Number: 06.698.86433
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Known to be the first church in Christendom, this church belongs to the...

Known to be the first church in Christendom, this church belongs to the Vatican and has the privileges of extraterritoriality.

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The real Church of Rome. And this is the Pope's Church. Wow and awe inspiring. So glad we did not miss this.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The real Church of Rome. And this is the Pope's Church. Wow and awe inspiring. So glad we did not miss this.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Actually enjoyed this one more than St. Peter's. It was stunning, with incredible art and a peaceful atmosphere. We were fortunate to catch part of Mass there, with a Cardinal presiding. Hard to concentrate with all that beauty around us. Definitely worth the trip to get there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Close to Colloseum this is the Cathedral of Rome. I cannot say much in words but I was impressed. Near metro San Giovanni line A.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I visit Rome at least once a year and this basilica has become one of my regular stops each time for "renewal." Monumental statues of the apostles, superb paintings, and architecture on a grand scale. Five euros to visit the adjacent cloister not really worth it to me unless you're really into the historical details.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Bult on the site of a Roman palace of the laterani family, this is my favourite big basilica with its spacious and airy interior, its monumental statues of the apostles, its wonderful apse with mosaics and the Gothic baldinchino. Don`t miss going to a service here if you can when the building comes into its own liturgically with the space... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Having been here a couple of years ago, I deliberately booked a nearby hotel for a stopover this year. I cannot begin to describe the excellence of the art and statues. I don't know why the popes left here in favour of St Peter's, but that's our gain. Worth paying for an audioguide. Worth popping over the road to the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We did the 4 major Vatican tour with City of Wonders/Discovery tours. Beautiful Basilica with a Holy door for the Jubilee year of Mercy. Worth the visit.

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Lovely church with lots of fascinating details and lovely dome cupola. Worth a visit even if your not religious as it's rather beautiful and has a serene welcoming atmosphere. Lovely acoustics and frescos. A free attraction perfect for escaping the sun with no queues to get in. As with many Roman churches there is a dress code and shoulders need... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This was the first church we visited in Rome and may have spoiled us. They open earlier than most sites (7am) so we went there first to get a start on the day. There was only one other person in the church when we got there around 7:45am so we got to explore by ourselves. I was amazed at the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Even if religion is not your thing just go and look up. The ceilings and architecture is wow! Just go and look!

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