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“Layered with history”

Basilica di San Clemente al Laterano
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Basilica of San Clemente Small-Group Tour in Rome
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed September 30, 2012

This is surely among the most interesting churches and historical attractions in Rome. Below the church are older historical layers that you can visit for a fee. We visited this place in 2009, after failing to find time for it on our previous visits in 2003 and 2006. I was mildly interested beforehand and did not expect how engaging the whole experience could be.

The church itself is an interesting sight of the Middle Ages and a good point of comparison with Santa Maria in Trastevere, our favourite church in Rome. There are a lot of commonalities. Actually I find myself regretting that we didn't visit this place during our recent visit! One time is not enough for so rich and multifaceted a place. Especially the Mithraeum was an intriguing sight, as the cult has always been very interesting to me, although I know far too little about it.

Remember to take a stroll in the park of the Domus Aurea north of this place!

Thank Hulaus
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Reviewed September 30, 2012

Even if you know what you will see, it still feels amazing to get through one layer of history after another. The underground visit is worth its 5 euros.

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Reviewed September 29, 2012

To truly appreciate the layers of history in this city, pay the few Euros and explore underneath the church. Very very cool!

Thank s e
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Reviewed September 29, 2012

Bit disappointed because it was closed when we first arrived (3pm) but went back about an hour later and paid 5 Euros to visit the lower levels, which were fascinating.
Well worth a visit.

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Reviewed September 28, 2012

This is a really interesting way to look at how Rome has been building up layer by layer over the centuries. Entrance is 5 Euro (be sure to dress appropriately, it is a functioning church) and you get to walk down a level to see the older church underneath, then down more to see the pagan altar and 1st century home below that. The structures are remarkably well preserved, and you can even see remnants of some of the art.

Very close to the Colosseum and totally worth a visit!

Thank aw511
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