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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 November 1, 2013

We had a list of places to see in Rome, and this church was not on it. We were blown away by the history we experienced in this one stop. Four levels, four buildings, four stories. It gave us such a better understanding of the phrase "Rome wasn't built in a day." It was built over and over again!

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Reviewed November 1, 2013

I wanted to see this church for the Mithraic chamber/early Roman house/4th century church under the current church underneath but what is there is totally unexpected. I assumed there would be some old church walls and perhaps a small cave or similar but the reality is amazing. It costs 5 euros to descend into history but well worth it. Very subdued lighting to protect the early frescos so watch your step and hard to read some of the information because of this but well worth a visit. Closed for a long lunchtime so time your visit carefully.

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Reviewed November 1, 2013

A must as you get to travel in time when you take the full tour including the many levels under the ground. You go down in time as you go lower and lower under the ground.

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Reviewed October 29, 2013

We went to the Basilica as part of a tour that took us to the catacombs and other underground parts of Rome. The history in this building was phenomenal. Very interesting how the ancients built on top of other structures.

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Reviewed October 28, 2013

The first time I saw prehistoric cave paintings in France, I was moved to tears by feeling in touch with the depth of humanity's history. This is how I felt in the underground galleries of San Clemente. The 12th century basilica stands on top of a 4th century church which stands on a 1st century building destroyed when Nero burnt Rome, and connected by an ancient corridor to a mithraic temple linking us to ancient Persia.
Only in Rome is history so visible and so alive.

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