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“absolutely a must see” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Basilica di San Clemente al Laterano

Basilica di San Clemente al Laterano
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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.
Charleston
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“absolutely a must see”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

Don't miss this one!! A 12th century church built over a 4th century church built over a 3rd century pagan temple and 1st century Roman home. Amazing. Pay the fee to go downstairs and check out the excavated christian hall-turned-church; then go down more stairs to the Mithraic temple, complete with icon and carved alterpiece of stone; then go around the corner and down a hall and enter a 1st century Roman villa, with mosaic tiled floors and walls, frescos and even running water. It is about 20 feet below current street level, which is supposed to be the result of dirt and debris in the city over the centuries causing street level to rise.

Visited October 2012
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“under visited gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

recommended by an art history professor friend. The three levels are astounding, especially the lowest one. A wonderful way to see the levels of Rome over the centuries.

Visited January 2012
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Midland, Texas
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“Beautiful old Church, excavation underneath”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

I am so glad we stopped in this Church. It was beautiful with very old mosaics and paintings. Includes excavated ruins underneath the church which were closed by the time we got there. We were blessed to attend Mass at this Church.

Visited December 2012
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London
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“Fascinating”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

This is an amazing little church, tucked down a side street in an untouristy part of Rome. The basilica itself is beautiful enough, but go through a door, pay five Euros, go down the steps and you're in a fourth century version and then keep going down and you're in a Roman Street. It's all a bit bizarre. My daughter (regular readers of my reviews will notice she's a bit of a wuss) was terrified, started screaming and ended up burying her head in my shoulder as I carted her round (she's 8 so it wasn't easy). But don't let her put you off. It's a fascinating place.

Visited November 2012
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“Not to be missed!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

The oldest part of this church dates back to the 2nd Century BC. Do go down to the deepest excavated level covering a susprisingly vast area to see 1st Century AD buildings. Beautiful 12th Century Apse mosaic showing the tree of life in the church.

Visited December 2012
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