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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.
Reviewed July 18, 2013

From the 9th century basilica, restored in the 18th, descend to a first century church, Mythraic temple, then further down to a house standing during Nero's infamous fire, and finally to a natural spring that attracted all four ages to this location.

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Reviewed July 17, 2013

The Basilica of St. Clemente is the place where you can feel, as you descend the levels, like going back in time! Is one of the most interesting places in Rome and thank god not as crowded as the Vatican and Coliseum.
In S. Clemente’s deepest level are two buildings, separated by an extremely narrow street, which date back to the 1st century AD: an Insula with a Mithreum, a chapel dedicated to the Persian Sun god, and a massive square building identified as the I° century “Mint” of Rome, a building which underwent some different transformation. It seems that later the building became an early Christians place for their secret celebrations,
In the 4th century, on this exact spot, but a few feet higher a church was built, dedicated to St. Clemente, and decorated with beautiful frescoes. It is impressing to see great and worked pieces of beautiful white marble used with some concrete to just fill up the walls and make a higher level to build!
In 1084 the church was destroyed, but in few years a new one, a little smaller, was rebuilt on the ruins of the older one. The mosaic in the church’s apse is really fantastic and considered one of the most beautiful in Rome.

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Reviewed July 17, 2013

If you think "you've seen one and seen 'em all" you gotta go here. First floor is so far so good. Pay your 5 euro and get entrance to the excavations. Down one floor is the ancient Christian Basilica. Beautiful archeological excavations, with written material in English. Please find St Cyril's tomb. Your Eastern Rite friends will love you.Not done yet. Down one more floor to the floor to the first century AD. A mythrian temple and Roman home. Pretty sweet deal. Enjoy.

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Reviewed July 16, 2013

The Basilica was fascinating; a medieval church over an early Christian church over pagan ruins. And it wasn't crowded, so you can really spend time and appreciate all the art/architecture/history around you.

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Reviewed July 16, 2013

Stop in right before the Collesium. As you walk to it you'll see the training grounds and tunnel the Gladiators used. On the bottom level of the Church you'll see the river that fed the area with running water during Roman times. Beware of the bumb at the door, he presents himself as a guy taking donations for the Church, he is not!

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