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Basilica di San Clemente al Laterano

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Address: Via Labicana 95, 00184 Rome, Italy
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Constructed between 1110 and 1130, this church of San Clemente is not one,...

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.

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My favorite church in Rome

I first visited San Clemente in 1992 on my initial visit to Rome. I took my wife there on our recent visit and enjoyed it just as much. The church has a lovely cloister... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I first visited San Clemente in 1992 on my initial visit to Rome. I took my wife there on our recent visit and enjoyed it just as much. The church has a lovely cloister, gorgeous 12th century mosaics in the apse and swirling opus sectile mosaic floors (by the Cosmati family.) You can purchase a ticket to go below ground... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I loved being able to go under the church and discovering the many layers of history. You can see a pagan home, sit on the couch (made of cement) walk through a street alley, admire a touching fresco from the medieval church. Imagine how the Vikings came and invaded the medieval church, then on the ground level the current church.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was one of the highlights of our trip to Rome. The main church is free to enter and worth the visit in itself but the real gems are under ground and well worth the entrance fee. The older church is completely under ground and was covered over and used as the foundation for the present day basilica. What I... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We like exploring the churches and basilicas so this was a must as it has different churches on different levels from different centuries. The frescoes remain with some in good condition - it was really moving to see the early Christian images. The Mithras temple is a bit odd but interesting too. All in all worth the money to visit... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Don't miss this! I think most people do as it's a little out of the centre. The initial church that you go in is interesting enough being 12th century and replacing a church destroyed by Norman raiders. But it is built directly on top of a much earlier church which is still underneath.The earlier church has wonderful frescoes etc. As... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This church, more than any other church we have visited on 3 prior trips to Rome, epitomized the sheer longevity of the appropriately-name Eternal City. As mentioned by other TA reviewers you will literally discover the layers of Roman history when you explore this church. The current Basilica of San Clemente was completed around 1100CE. Classical basilica design with a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went to this on a tour and was surprised how nice it was. It is a church built on top of two other churches. The layers and mosaics was beautiful. It was very interesting.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The basilica of San Clemente is one of my favorites in Rome. The mosaics and frescoes are simply spectacular. This fascinating multi-layered church displays 2000 years of history. The present day church is a 12th-century basilica which sits atop the ruins of a 4th-century church, which, in turn, stands atop a 2nd-century mithraic temple and a 1st-century Roman house (replete... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I visited here with my 4 children and walked straight inside, midweek, with no queues. The many layers were fascinating and provided further great insight into the architecture, history and lifestyles on Ancient Romans. Well worth the visit!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This Basilica was awesome! The level you walk into was built in the 1800s on top of a 12th century church; which was built on a 4th century church; which was built on a 1st century church. It was amazing to hear from our tour guide about all the reiterations of this church. When an old one was destroyed by... More 

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