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“San Clemente”

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.
The Villages, Florida
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“San Clemente”
Reviewed November 12, 2013

There are so many churches in Rome that you have to have a reason to pick and choose. This church - dedicated to the 4th pope, Clement - is a 12th century basilica sitting atop a 4th century Christian basilica sitting atop a 2nd century Mithraic Temple. So much of Rome is on top of other layers so I thought this would be interesting. And I wanted to see the Mithraic Temple (you had to pay to go below). I thought the underground area the most interesting - the Christian area contains the presumed burial place of St. Cyril as well as frescoes of St. Clement and Sisinnius. The Mithraic area has a room lined with benches where the worshipers reclined - in the center is a support with a statue of Mithras fighting with a bull.

Visited September 2013
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“Intriguing archeological site”
Reviewed November 11, 2013

Below the existing church are two levels from other centuries, the former church on this site and a Roman house, which were very interesting to explore. It was a great find in a great city.

Visited November 2013
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Sunshine Coast, Australia
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“Amazing Basilica”
Reviewed November 9, 2013

We read about this church somewhere, and as it was quite near the Collosseum, we decided to visit it. Unfortunately, it was closed for the daily Italian lunch-time siesta when we arrived, but we went back earlier the next day, and found it amazing. Three churches on three levels! There is still running water on the lowest level, and although it smells slightly of iron, it was sparkling clear. I am not a religious person, but I would definitely recommend this to travellers to Italy.

Visited September 2013
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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“Underground gem!”
Reviewed November 8, 2013

The church was beautiful as most churches in Rome are but this one had a church that you could pay to visit beneath this one! It was very interesting and I was pleased that we hung around to visit it. It closes as most churches do from midday to 3.00pm.

Visited October 2013
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“Great Layers of History”
Reviewed November 7, 2013

We visited as part of a walking tour. Great church with terrific mosaics and great layers of history underneath. Unfortunately, they do not allow photography on the lower levels. Watch out for the beggar at the door sort of dressed like a priest trying to get money.

Visited October 2013
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