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Basilica di San Clemente al Laterano

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Address: Via Labicana 95, 00184 Rome, Italy
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Constructed between 1110 and 1130, this church of San Clemente is not one,...

Constructed between 1110 and 1130, this church of San Clemente is not one, but three churches built one above the other, with ruins dating from the earliest Christian times.

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One of the best churches in Rome

We visited a ton of churches in Rome, but this was one of our favorites. Not as crowded as some of the others, but beautiful inside. Definitely worth a visit. When you're done... read more

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We visited a ton of churches in Rome, but this was one of our favorites. Not as crowded as some of the others, but beautiful inside. Definitely worth a visit. When you're done, walk right across the street to see the Holy Steps.

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Be careful of the time as they close early. Read your guidebook at most of the explanations are in Italian.

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My wife and I have been to Rome about 10 times in the past 20 years but had never gone to the Basilica di San Clemente al Laterano before. It’s basically three churches stacked on top of each other. The ground-level church was dedicated to Pope Clement in the 12th century. Beneath that church is another church that was built... More 

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I conducted a performance of some Renaissance Polyphony in here in 1991 - it had a wonderful acoustic. I re-visited in 2017. This is one of the most remarkable churches in Rome, ancient and venerable - a bit shabby but homely and one can feel the ages in the stonework. Ttoally wonderful.

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A church built on a church built on a church built on a Roman house. A real journey back in time with some clever architectural techniques!

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I found the experience of visiting the archeological site of S. Clemente quite wonderful. Check opening times since there are mid-day closures. The surrounding neighborhood has its own character; the Colloseum is nearby, reminding the visitor of the long history of this site. In the upstairs church, mosaics, marble patterned floors and the frescoed chapel should be noted. Early murals... More 

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Very lovely church you must see and take pictures of. Not very far by foot from the Colosseo. Not much people a 3p.m.

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Excellent kids under 16 are free! It was built in the 1st century then 2 more churches were built on top. Great place when raining takes around an hour to walk around.

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In a city filled with beautiful, historic places--- historic and impressive church after exquisite church, this really stands out for me. We did not spend a lot of time in the present day church, but went pretty immediately beneath it, through level of ruins on top of level of ruins. To stand on the location of the Roman mint--- to... More 

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The excavations showing 6 layers of civilization are incredible. I especially liked seeing the Mithras altar--one of the "Mystery Cults" mentioned in the Bible.

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