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“Beautiful church, and don't miss the Santa Scala.”

Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano
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Small Group Tour: Christian Rome and Underground Basilicas Half-Day Tour
Ranked #7 of 1,498 things to do in Rome
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Owner description: Known to be the first church in Christendom, this church belongs to the Vatican and has the privileges of extraterritoriality.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Beautiful church, and don't miss the Santa Scala.”
Reviewed February 16, 2013

This church is beautiful, and the 50 foot bronze doors that used to be at the entrance to the roman forum are on the front of the church. The large section of the original city walls are next door, and the Santa Scala directly across the street should not be missed.

Visited February 2013
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“Beautiful and convenient”
Reviewed February 9, 2013

Easy to get to as it is the center of Rome and deservedly it is the cathedral of Rome. Be sure to check out the statues of each of the apostles. Each got there by winning a contest set up by the pope.

Visited August 2012
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“Amazing”
Reviewed February 8, 2013

Well worth a visit, physically hard to do the steps but emotionally worthwhile.Get there as near to 3.00 as you can

Visited February 2013
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Seattle, Washington
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“The cathedral of Rome”
Reviewed February 6, 2013

This church is really, really big. It alone of Rome's churches can be called a cathedral, meaning the seat of the bishop. It is also really, really old, but there's very little visible here that's pre-Baroque. (Evidently the earlier history of the church is more evident in the cloister, but I wasn't able to access it.) Borromini was involved with one of the 17th C restructurings of the building, so you'll find his cherub motif tucked into spandrels in the side aisles, but this wasn't the best fit for his talents. The late medieval ciborium is interesting, there's a badly preserved bit of fresco by Giotto, and the 18th C statues of the apostles are impressive, but there are no real first-rate works of art here.

Visited July 2012
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London, England
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“Better than the Vatican!”
Reviewed February 6, 2013

Definitely felt more like a church and less like a temple to power. Lots of interesting things to look at most certainly and a nice walk as well.

Visited February 2013
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