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“The Pope's Church”

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.
Kingston, Canada
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“The Pope's Church”
Reviewed June 11, 2013

Marvelous place to visit...especially given that this is the Pope's cathedral (not St. Peter's!). We booked this tour as part of a general tour package that took us through all the major basilicas in Rome. The art and history here is something that should not be missed.

Visited June 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Don't miss this basilica”
Reviewed June 11, 2013

Having been to Rome four times I have done the big sights before, but somehow missed this one. It is monumental inside and outside. Very muched enjoyed the bronze doors from the Curia in the Roman Forum as well as the breathtaking sparkling mosaics inside.

Visited May 2013
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Petah Tiqwa, Israel
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“Awe-Inspiring Experience”
Reviewed June 11, 2013

I was actually traveling with friends and left them to see a couple places that I'd already been to in order to see San Giovanni in Laterano. The exterior of the building is nice but nothing special, certainly not in Rome.

However, once you go inside everything changes. I was lucky to be there when it wasn't crowded (maybe a couple dozen people), and just sat alone in the large hall and looked around. To me the experience was awe-inspiring. Everything in this church is a work of art, the hall is huge and there is so much to look at. I sat there for about half an hour and didn't want to leave.

Basically imagine St. Peter's Basilica, only with more statues, no noise, a lot less people, and places to sit. You can imagine how even for a non-religious non-Christian like myself, the experience was amazing.

Visited April 2013
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St Augustine, Fl USA
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“Suddenly you feel a presence!”
Reviewed June 10, 2013

My first introduction of "monumental" statues of Rome and the inspiration they must have imparted to the believers as they made their pilgrimage to Rome.

Visited May 2013
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Lauderhill, Florida
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“One of the Pope's Churches”
Reviewed June 10, 2013

Rome is filled with churches, and it's mind-boggling...just walk into any random one you pass and you'll find artistic miracles within. St.John Lateran is one of the largest and most important...and one of the most beautiful. Don't miss the baptistry in an adjacent building.

Visited May 2013
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