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“Rome’s Cathedral is Magnificent”

Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano
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Owner description: Known to be the first church in Christendom, this church belongs to the Vatican and has the privileges of extraterritoriality.
Reviewed 13 November 2013

Roman's call it their church. The church of the Bishop of Rome (the Pope) was very majestic with its stunning architecture, arches, chapels, and naves. The ceiling itself is a remarkable work of art as well as the line of intricately beautiful statues of all the apostles that leads to the main alter. And, the floor has an amazing decorative inlay of marble throughout.

This elegant detail from the floor to the ceiling is just as awe-inspiring as St. Peter's but without the crowds, a much more peaceful experience.

The Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano is easily accessible by metro (stop San Giovanni), has free entry, and photos are allowed. Definitely a must visit. We combined it with a visit to several of the catacombs (just a bus ride down the road) for a very enjoyable day.

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Reviewed 12 November 2013

First built by Constantine - although rebuilt since - this church was Rome's most important through the middle ages. It's the church of the Bishop of Rome (the Pope) and all popes were crowned here until 1870. It has the doors to the original Roman Senate house. With all this history you know it's magnificent inside and it is. There is a building beside it that houses the Holy Stairs - supposedly the stairs Jesus walked up on his last day. However, today pilgrims and worshipers do it on their knees - fortunately you can look without doing that.

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Reviewed 12 November 2013

Huge statues of the Apostles stood spaced out, high above, along the top of this grand Basilica. Its interior was baroque-styled and stunningly striking, especially the high ceiling. Every inch was intricately built and decorated with beautiful paintings. Men in olden days were indeed remarkable. Gazing up above was like seeing Heaven.
What touched me most were the Holy Stairs. These were the very steps which our dear Jesus struggled up for His trial with Pilate. There were even bloodstains along some steps.
The seat of the Papal Throne was simple yet majestic.
We went to venerate St. John's tomb and also to ask him to pray for us.
What an impressive, unforgettable place!

Thank 71emma
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Reviewed 11 November 2013

This is not "another cathedral". It is one of the most ornate with gold and arches and chapels and naves that I have ever seen. It is the cathedral where in times past, the popes were inaugurated. Well worth a visit.

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Reviewed 11 November 2013

The buliding contains the original doors to the Forum over two thousand years old.
The interior of the church is breath taking - the ceiling is an amazing work of art as are the line of staues of all the saints that leads to the main alter.
You can visit the garden that was completed by Pope Leo XIII - his tomb is contained in the church to the left of the main alter.
Many people do not know that this is the Popes own church as he is also the Bishop of Rome - St Peters is the main church of the Vatican.
Over the road from San Giovanni are the 'Steps of Christ' - the very ones that he climbed to be judged by Pilot - very special place, you can only climb these steps on your knees,try and arrive early as the place is always packed.
The doors of the Forum are at the rear of the church - massive and impressive - as is the entire complex of the Church - its a must see on your trip to Rome.

Thank Gordon W
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