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Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano

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Address: Piazza di Porta San Giovanni, 4, 00184 Rome, Italy
Phone Number: +39 06 6988 6433
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Known to be the first church in Christendom, this church belongs to the...

Known to be the first church in Christendom, this church belongs to the Vatican and has the privileges of extraterritoriality.

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Gorgeous place, especially the interior

I was really impressed by the grandeur of this sight, especially the interior. Sculptures, paintings, gold inlay everywhere. Well worth some time to explore and experience.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I was really impressed by the grandeur of this sight, especially the interior. Sculptures, paintings, gold inlay everywhere. Well worth some time to explore and experience.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Sadly didn't get a chance to go in but the outside is beautiful and really picturesque both during the day and at night!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

One of the highlights of our trip was a mass and visit to Basilica of St. John Lateran. It is beautiful beyond words.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We stumbled onto this magnificent cathedral by accident. We were actually coming to see the Lateran Obelisk located behind the cathedral (another post). It’s huge, marvelous, and has an amazing history. St. John Lateran Archbasilica, as it is also known, is the oldest church in the Western world and is the mother church for Roman Catholics. This was the papal... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There is just so much beauty in Italy, the ceiling here are especially lovely, be sure to take your time and really look around you.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

VEry worth the trip to this beautiful church. Art, sculpture and mosaics - make sure you read the history of this Church.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Absolutely beautiful church, should not be overlooked in favor of St Peter's Basilica. It didn't look like much from the outside, because apart from maybe the front facade, it is not really shaped like a church. Walking in however, you're met with a huge cathedral decorated in gold and bright stonework, with an amazing gold framed ceiling. The altar is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband's uncle insisted that we visit this church, and despite the long walk to get there( the metro was on strike that day!), I am so glad that we did!! The church is huge, filled with statues of the apostles and decorated with gold leaf and paintings. I am so glad that we made the effort to get there(... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

One of many places in Rome that has a long and fascinating history that goes beyond the beautiful architecture. I would recommend investing in the audio guide which explains the origins of the church and breaks down the important elements of the space.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the first (of many) churches we visited in Rome and it left the most lasting impression. This is the seat of Catholicism, and the statue of Constantine is the first thing you see when you enter. A must-see for pilgrims and tourists alike.

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