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“Low traffic, high art”

Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano
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Small Group Tour: Christian Rome and Underground Basilicas Half-Day Tour
Ranked #7 of 1,485 things to do in Rome
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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.
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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“Low traffic, high art”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2013

It was a less crowded and more peaceful version of the Vatican; visitors treated this space with the respect an iconic religious venue deserves. See this, for a breath of true revelation.
Within easy walk of the Coliseum.

Visited October 2013
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“So Beautiful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2013

One of the most ornate and beautiful Basilicas. It takes a while to get there by bus but it is definitely worth it. Across the street is another church which contains the steps from the Roman Praetorium where Jesus was condemned.

Visited October 2013
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Ft Walton Beach, FL
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“Rome’s Cathedral is Magnificent”
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited October 2013
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The Villages, Florida
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“San Giovanni in Laterano”
4 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited September 2013
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“Grand and impressive!”
4 of 5 bubbles 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!

Visited November 2013
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