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Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano

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Address: Piazza di Porta San Giovanni, 4, 00184 Rome, Italy
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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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The Pope's Basilica

The Archbasilica of St. John Lateran was the most important church in Christendom for its first thousand years. Today it often has its thunder stolen by St. Peter’s Basilica, but... read more

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The Archbasilica of St. John Lateran was the most important church in Christendom for its first thousand years. Today it often has its thunder stolen by St. Peter’s Basilica, but make no mistake, as far as the Vatican is concerned it’s still the most important cathedral in the world. If you have any doubts, look no further than its official... More 

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Travelling with a new Catholic means a visit to every Cathedral. This was our first and is exceptionally beautiful. Minor security measures and no line.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This basilica has a wealth of art and architectural treasures well worth seeing. Above the main altar are the heads of St. Peter and St. Paul. Above the altar to the left is the table that Christ used at the Last Supper. The statues of the Apostles all have their means of execution in hand, including the skin of St... More 

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We went to see this church on our last day in Rome when the family was "done" with the many churches we had visited in several cities. It was worth the 25 minute walk from the Pantheon and was breathtaking.

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The church of Saint John the Lateran is simply majestic. One of the most impressive churches I've visited. The statues of the Apostles are stunning. Near the metro, totally worth visiting.

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This is a very larg cathedral and it is ornate with some outstanding features. Beautiful and intricate marble floors, frescos, a beautiful apse, exquisitely detailed 16th century Medici ceilings and incredible reliefs and sculptures. St. Bartholomew by Pierre Legros is simply amazing!.it is absolutely amazing inside a must see!

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This church celebrates Mass largely in Italian, apart from a Latin one at 10am on Sundays. It is often overlooked by tourists, but it's in fact an extremely important and beautiful church. There is a rather rigourous security check (similar to that at St Peter's Basilica), before you enter the Archbasilica. Otherwise, it's definitely worth visiting.

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I happened to go there on a Sunday morning just as mass was starting. It was a beautiful, moving experience with a choir. The basilica is incredibly beautiful with impressive art everywhere.

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we missed it on our first trip, this was the highlight of our 2nd trip, so if you've been to the top tourist spots and not yet bored of cathedrals and the extraordinary wealth of the catholic church then pop in here for more ;)

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We visited San Giovanni only because we happened to be staying in an apartment a few blocks away. We had a few hours one morning and decided to walk over. It was one of our favorite cathedrals in all of Rome, without huge crowds, but with stunning architecture, monuments, soaring ceilings, and the rest. The three-or four-story wooden doors seen... More 

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